It isn’t even because of the Thrones backlash.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the duo who crafted Game of Thrones for the small screen, have walked away from their deal with Disney’s Lucasfilm to launch a new Star Wars film trilogy in 2022.

The two were supposed to be ushering in the new age of Star Wars, following the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga, with a brand new story that would carve out a new facet of George Lucas’ iconic cinema brand.

To explain the change, Benioff and Weiss cited their historic deal with Netflix. They explained that their enthusiasm for Star Wars remains boundless, but regrettably their schedule is full.

In a statement to Deadline (who first reported the news) the pair said, “We love Star Wars. 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.”

Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy didn’t close the door to any involvement with the pair in the future in her statement following the news, “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers. 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.”

So, perhaps they will join the Star Wars universe in the future, but as it stands, the Game of Thrones duo aren’t going to tackle a new trilogy anytime soon.

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