Game of Thrones Creators' Star Wars Movie Was 'Destroyed' By Episode VIII

Game of Thrones Creators' Star Wars Movie Was 'Destroyed' By Episode VIII
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David Benioff and Dan Weiss shed light on their unreleased Star Wars movie and why it was scrapped.


  • The Star Wars movie that the creators of the Game of Thrones TV series were working on was suddenly canceled in 2019, leaving fans baffled
  • Now, David Benioff and Dan Weiss have revealed what the movie was supposed to be about and why it was scrapped
  • Still, some fans remain quite skeptical, believing that it was for the best that the project was never released

The lineup of upcoming installments in the Star Wars franchise has undergone a noticeable shakeup in recent years, with new movies and shows popping up out of nowhere while some of the previously announced projects were unceremoniously scrapped.

Among those who got the short end of the stick were David Benioff and Dan Weiss, best known for creating the iconic TV series Game of Thrones, as it was announced in 2019 that the project they were working on had been canceled.

The news was quite unexpected, and fans even speculated that it might be related to the fact that the final season of GoT, which was released around that time, proved to be a complete disappointment, causing a massive backlash from viewers.

Still, not much was known about the project at the time, leaving some fans to wonder if this was for the better or if we were robbed of the opportunity to see a true masterpiece.

The Movie Was Supposed To Be A Prequel

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In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Benioff and Weiss shed some light on the project, explaining what it was supposed to be about and why it never saw the light of day.

They revealed that the film was going to be called The First Jedi, and it was going to revolve around the founding of the Jedi Order as well as the invention of lightsabers, the iconic weapons that have become synonymous with the franchise over the years.

However, the fact that Episode VIII, which was directed by Rian Johnson and came out in 2017, was titled The Last Jedi proved to be a huge annoyance to them, as they felt that it destroyed the idea of their own project by giving it an extremely similar name.

However, that wasn't the reason for the movie's cancellation, as while the duo had already decided on the direction they wanted to take the story, Lucasfilm wasn't thrilled with the idea at the time, and ultimately nixed it.

In a bitter twist of irony, a film with almost exactly the same premise was announced not long ago at Star Wars Celebration 2023, now with James Mangold at the helm, so it is clear that the studio has changed its mind about the idea a few years later.

The News Didn't Really Impress The Fans

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Fans don't seem to be too impressed with the duo's revelations for a number of reasons, believing that we may have dodged a bullet with the cancellation of the project.

First of all, they find the claim that Episode VIII "destroyed" their idea for the movie's title extremely dubious, since we have already seen Star Wars movies refer to each other (Return of the Jedi - Revenge of the Sith), and both titles could have organically coexisted within the franchise.

They also believe that the two lost a lot of credibility after the terrible ending of GoT, which was already in a slow decline after the show ran out of source material to base the story on, so there was no guarantee that the movie would have been any good.

Finally, some feel that explaining the past of the Jedi would ruin the mystery surrounding the organization and make it much less intriguing, but to be fair, that concern also applies to the upcoming James Mangold film.

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Either way, perhaps the new director will be able to make the premise exciting without completely ruining the enigmatic charm of the Order, but we will only know the truth when the movie actually comes out.

Since the project is still in the early stages of development, no release date has been announced.

Do you think it is a mistake to over-explain the history of the Jedi Order?

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Reddit