UK writers Benioff and Weiss leave Star Wars trilogy

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Game of Thrones writers David Benioff and DB Weiss have left the next Star Wars trilogy, which is due to launch in 2022.

The news comes after the pair signed an exclusive deal with Netflix.

“There are only so many hours in the day, we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects,’’ one of the pair says.

They added that “getting to talk about Star Wars” with creator George Lucas had been “the thrill of a lifetime”.

They said: “We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too.”

Lucas film president Kathleen Kennedy said that they would be welcomed back in the future. “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers,” she said.

“We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars.”

Report says, the trilogy is due to be the next set of Star Wars films, following this December’s ’’The Rise of Skywalker, the final chapter of the Skywalker family chronicles.’’

The next films are scheduled for 2022, 2024 and 2026, and are set to usher in a new era for the famous franchise.

There was much fanfare when the two writers were unveiled as the writers behind the new Star Wars movies last February.

While Game of Thrones was a huge success, there was consternation from some fans over the final series, which aired earlier this year. A petition calling on HBO to redo season eight has been signed by more than 1.75 million disgruntled fans.

The Change.org petition argues that Benioff and Weiss “have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent”.

Report say, the pair made a rare public appearance at the weekend at the Austin Film Festival, where they admitted that the experience working on Game of Thrones was like an “expensive film school”.

When asked why they didn’t bring in more writers to the show, they replied: “Because we didn’t know better.”

Many have been wondering how the duo would combine their work for Netflix with the Star Wars commitments.

Speculation has also begun about who will replace them, with some on social media pointing out the lack of diversity behind the camera for Star Wars films to date.

Olusola Akintonde