After achieving success with Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were initially selected by Lucasfilm to helm a new trilogy of Star Wars films. However, by 2019, they had exited the project, citing their inability to balance their commitments to Star Wars and their projects at Netflix. Despite this, Lucasfilm left the door open for their potential return to the Star Wars universe.

Doubts Cast on Return

In a recent interview for the Total Film Podcast, Benioff and Weiss expressed skepticism about returning to Star Wars. Benioff mentioned the challenges of contributing to an already well-established franchise like Star Wars and highlighted their preference for starting fresh with new projects.

Focus on New Endeavors

Benioff emphasized their excitement for their latest venture with Netflix, the adaptation of author Liu Cixin’s novels in the series 3 Body Problem. He highlighted the creative flexibility they have in crafting the story for the English-speaking audience, contrasting it with the constraints they felt when working on existing franchises like Star Wars.

What Lies Ahead for Star Wars?

Despite the departure of Benioff and Weiss, Lucasfilm has unveiled new plans for the Star Wars franchise. The lore of The Mandalorian will be expanded with the upcoming film The Mandalorian & Grogu, set to commence filming later this year. Additionally, Patty Jenkins is back to work on her Rogue Squadron movie after her previous project was canceled.

Benioff and Weiss’s Latest Project

Meanwhile, Benioff and Weiss have launched their newest project, 3 Body Problem, a sci-fi series that recently premiered on Netflix. They are optimistic about its potential success, hoping it will achieve the same level of acclaim as Game of Thrones, although only time will tell if it reaches such heights.