Writer/directors David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones) have dropped out of their planned Star Wars film trilogy, as first reported by Deadline
"We love Star Wars," the duo said in a statement to the online Hollywood trade. "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."
The project was announced in February 2018, but the duo is seemingly choosing to focus on a subsequent Netflix tv/film exclusive announced in August 2019. According to Deadline (who broke that story), Disney was also negotiating with the duo for a similiar deal before they decided to go with Netflix.
"There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects," the duo said. "So we are regretfully stepping away."
Scheduled to launch in 2022, the duo's trilogy was originally slated to be the start of the next wave of Star Wars films following this December's The Rise of Skywalker.
"David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers," said Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. "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."