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It is no secret that creative writing duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were amateurs during their early days on the Game Of Thrones set. On a panel at the Austin Film Festival, the pair admitted they didn’t “know why he (George R.R. Martin) trusted us with his life work”. It outraged fans, particularly after the controversial final season. But their work was recognised and their growing resume was set for big things. In February 2018, Disney announced Benioff and Weiss would develop the next post-Skywalker era of Star Wars.

It was BIG news – particularly for two, somewhat inexperienced writers – however, it stirred hype. Now, the duo have announced they are stepping away from the blockbuster deal, telling Deadline they’re too busy. Since the controversial decision, Benioff and Weiss signed a $200 million contract in August with Netflix.

“We love Star Wars,” the pair said in a statement. “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.”

“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. So we are regretfully stepping away.”

For some, it is welcomed news, however leaves the future of the Star Wars franchise unknown for now. Stay tuned for further developments.