The pair are the latest directors to break ties with Lucasfilm once the realization that their visions for the franchise weren't coming to life set in. And, according to Variety, they had plans to step back from the Skywalker saga and channel the focus on how the Jedi came to be.
One can deduce that the trilogy would most likely have been set during the days of The Old Republic, way before the events of The Phantom Menace. But it's been understood that there were creative differences that led to Benioff and Weiss leaving.
“It’s like if you take a job as a ‘Star Wars’ director or creator you’re automatically thrown in the Sarlacc Pit and your chances of getting out and making that film are so unlikely you have to almost be a Jedi master,” says Jeff Bock, an Exhibitor Relations box office analyst says.
The Hollywood Reporter also revealed that the pair's mega-contract with Netflix was also an issue as the terms require them to be exclusively present on set during productions relating to their projects. There was no way that could have been fulfilled if they were also working on Star Wars films.
"Benioff and Weiss had ambitious plans to take the “Star Wars” universe in a new direction, one that would exist apart from the Skywalker family saga that comprised the franchise’s centerpiece nine-film series," Variety reports. "The “Star Wars” period the pair was interested in exploring was how the Jedi came to exist. However, Lucasfilm executives and the creators begin to see their visions for the films diverge during meetings last summer."
Suggestions that Benioff and Weiss were still hungover from the backlash brought on by the ending of Game of Thrones and were hesitant to jump into a project so significantly different from their last have also emerged.
It would have been great to get a Jedi origin story from the franchise and this is all pretty regrettable. But there's still a chance of a film set years before the Skywalker saga as it's been rumored that a Knights of the Old Republic movie could hit screens in time to come.