The now-cancelled Star Wars trilogy from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would've explored the origin of the Jedi. Announced in early 2018, Lucasfilm successfully lured two of the biggest names in entertainment to a galaxy far, far away. However, following the reception of the final season of HBO's hit series Game of Thrones, many wondered if the series would still happen as originally intended.
This appeared to be the case when it was revealed that the first installment of their trilogy would hit theaters in December of 2022, but that is no longer the case. It was recently announced that the duo have moved on from Star Wars to focus on making content for Netflix as part of their nine-figure deal with the streaming giant. Reactions on the cancellation have been varied from fans as there were almost no details on what exactly Benioff and Weiss were planning, but now that has been revealed.
According to a report from Variety, the trilogy of Star Wars films from Benioff and Weiss would've explored "how the Jedi came to exist." Many thought that this new franchise could be loosely based around the popular Star Wars: The Old Republic games, showing audiences when the Jedi were at the height of their powers, but this would indicate that they could've gone back even further in the Star Wars timeline.
If this report is accurate, then Benioff and Weiss' films would've explored a section of the Star Wars universe that fans have barely seen before in canon. The series even could've connected to the recent trilogy, as Ahch-To is the home of the very first Jedi Temple. Its possible that the trilogy might have even starred the Prime Jedi, who is briefly shown in Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the floor of the temple. Beyond these details, the origin of the Jedi would've been a nearly blank canvas for Benioff and Weiss to explore.
The biggest question that this news will leave fans with is what this means for this concept moving forward. The origin of the Jedi is a perfect launching pad for a brand new franchise in the growing Star Wars universe. It would likely be set thousands of years before the events of the Skywalker Saga, meaning that there would be no reason for recognizable characters to be included. Now that Benioff and Weiss are no longer tackling this part of the Star Wars timeline, many will hope that another filmmaker will be able to step aboard and bring this concept to the big screen.
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