Game of Thrones writers Benioff and Weiss ditch Star Wars trilogy

Writers David Benioff and DB Weiss, the duo who launched and penned Game of Thrones, have left the next Star Wars trilogy, which is due to launch in 2022.

News of their departure comes after it was revealed they've signed a big money-spinning exclusive deal with Netflix.

They released a statement announcing the news, and revealed they can't juggle as many projects.

"There are only so many hours in the day, we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects," a statement given to Deadline read.

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"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.”

"We are regretfully stepping away," they concluded.

The pair were set to work on the post-Skywalker era of the Star Wars brand with a 2022 new-start story, however have passed on the writing torch to a team.

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Despite their decision to leave Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said the door is always open for the duo.

"David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers," she said.

"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."

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In August, the American publication revealed the GoT duo had signed a lucrative nine-figure deal with Netflix, and earlier this week that contact was behind the reason why they chose to step away from the Great Westeros Experiment by Disney and Lucasfilm.

While the plot surrounding the Netflix series is still under wraps, we're sure it's going to be a cracker.

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