In a blow to Disney and Lucasfilm, David Benioff and D B Weiss walk away from their planned trilogy of future Star Wars features.

Well, crikey. This December’s Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is set to be the final movie in the franchise for a number of years, as Disney looks to retool the future of the series. As such, it had done a deal with Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D B Weiss to launch a new trilogy of films, with the first of those due in 2022.

However, the pair have now quit the project.

It comes in the aftermath of Benioff and Weiss inking a huge deal with Netflix, and thus they’ve issue a statement – via Deadline – in which they explain their departure.

“We love Star Wars”, they said. “When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything”.

However, the pair have confirmed that their schedule is now full, and they don’t have time to do a trio of Star Wars films justice.

The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is still said to be developing future Star Wars movies, and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige too is involved in a future film in the saga. But this is clearly something of a setback for Disney and Lucasfilm. With a release date marked for 2022 for the next film in the series after this year, though, there’s still time to sort out where things go next, and who takes them there.

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