'Game Of Thrones' creators may not write new 'Star Wars' trilogy after all

Gregory Wakeman
Contributor
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss arrive for the premiere of the final season of "Game of Thrones" at Radio City Music Hall in New York, U.S., April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Game Of Thrones’ creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss might not actually write a new Star Wars trilogy after all.

As recently as May, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Benioff and Weiss would oversee the next Star Wars trilogy, the first of which is scheduled to hit cinemas in 2022. “We did a deal with Benioff and Weiss, and the next movie will be theirs,” Iger declared at the time.

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However, a new Hollywood Reporter piece on Benioff and Weiss’s five-year, $250 million mega deal with Netflix has now suggested that the pair are only confirmed to have written the treatment for the three films, and are “committed to penning at least one of the films,” even though the “original deal was to write all three.”

“It’s unclear if the duo, who also have another feature for Fox/Disney carved out, will do more than just write for Star Wars,” adds the report.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: D.B. Weiss (L) and David Benioff attend HBO's Official 2018 Emmy After Party on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO)

While Weiss and Benioff originally received acclaim for their adaptations of George R.R. Martins’ beloved fantasy series A Song Of Ice And Fire, their efforts on its eighth and final season were viciously attacked by critics and fans alike.

So much so that a petition entitled, “Remake Game Of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers,” has been signed by over 1.7 million people, and they even cancelled their appearance at San Diego Comic-Con last month.

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That didn’t stop Netflix signing them up to a gargantuan deal, and a source close to the streaming site is clearly confident the pair can match their original success with Game Of Thrones, telling THR that Weiss and Benioff “have a lot of ambition.”