In an exit almost as dramatic as vanishing from one’s clothes to become a nude Force ghost, former Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are no longer making a new Star Wars trilogy. According to reports, the duo took a cue from Princess Leia’s dad and decided to … bail. The news of yet more behind-the-scenes problems at Lucasfilm came mere hours after a slick new trailer for The Mandalorian hit the internet — presumably because their PR department is made up of pediatricians who have had success with the old “lollipop before a flu shot” technique
Benioff and Weiss allegedly left the project due to their commitments at Netflix, with whom they recently signed a five-year deal worth “as much as $300 million.” And since Disney+ and its Star Wars content will be directly competing with Netflix beginning next month, this kind of makes sense. Think of it in sports terms. The Clippers just paid a ton of money to recruit Kawhi Leonard; they don’t want him still playing for the Raptors on weekends, right? (For this analogy to work, you also have to imagine that Kawhi ended last year’s NBA finals by randomly hurling the ball into the seats, to the disappointment of nearly every single fan.)
One thing is clear, though, and that’s how not clear the future of Star Wars is. Rian Johnson was supposed to make his own trilogy, but he and Lucasfilm seem to be in kind of a Sam and Diane, “Will they / won’t they” relationship right now. Screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis is reportedly penning a Knights Of The Old Republic movie, but we don’t have any details. The only Star Wars properties we have any concrete information about are three upcoming TV shows: The Mandalorian, a Rogue One prequel, and a series about Obi-Wan’s days as a swinging Tatooine bachelor. So maybe Star Wars will just become a sprawling TV franchise — like CSI, but more plausible.