On Monday, word broke that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were stepping away from the Star Wars trilogy that Lucasfilm hired them to develop almost two years ago. This news was met with a somewhat harsh reaction from fans, some of whom still haven’t forgiven Benioff and Weiss for the polarizing final season of Game of Thrones. But even those fans must be a little bit curious about what the duo’s Star Wars films would have entailed. Now, we have some new insight into what the writers were planning.
A new report from Variety reveals that Benioff and Weiss were going to trace the history of the Jedi. They specifically wanted to explore how the Jedi Order came into existence in a story that would “exist apart” from the Skywalker Saga. Sadly, the report makes no mention of whether this would include any further references to midi-chlorians.
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Over time, Benioff and Weiss’ vision for their trilogy began to “diverge” from that of Lucasfilm execs, including Kathleen Kennedy. Benioff and Weiss also have a $250 million pact with Netflix. Apparently, Netflix didn’t want to wait for them to finish their Star Wars work before creating new content for them. With this, Lucasfilm began taking meetings with other writers, and Benioff and Weiss eventually jumped ship.
This obviously isn’t the first time that one or more creators have left a Star Wars project over creative differences. Lucasfilm has previously seen Josh Trank, Colin Trevorrow, and Phil Lord and Chris Miller come and go from various movies. Usually, veteran filmmakers get some degree of creative freedom when they sign on for a movie. However, it seems like Lucasfilm’s general expectation is ultimately “for people to stick to the company line.”
Would you have liked to see David Benioff and D.B. Weiss films about the origins of the Jedi? Should Lucasfilm hire other filmmakers to tell this story? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!
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