Game of Thrones Creators Exit Planned Star Wars Trilogy; What Does This Mean For the Future of Star Wars?
In 2018 there was a lot of hype going into the future of 'Star Wars.' Yes, the series was coming off of a divisive second installment in the new series where must fans were scorned by how their favorite character was portrayed. Then the news arrived from Disney and Lucasfilm; they were getting one of the most sought after minds in the TV and movie world, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff from 'Game of Thrones' fame, to helm their own new trilogy.
Well, now, over a year later, the two are ditching the 'Star Wars' franchise and moving on with their other lucrative endeavors. The news was broken by Deadline, who the two creators of 'Game of Thrones' talked to, and now there is a void when it comes to the Star Wars’ life after the final movie in the Skywalker saga, which is set for release this holiday season.
The planned 'Star Wars' Trilogy from Weiss and Benioff was set to arrive on screen in 2022. Now, it seems the series will not be moving forward, with whatever the two planned being scarped for next series, which takes the release spot vacated by the Weiss and Benioff planned series.
What was the Reason for the Departure of D.B. Weiss and David Benioff from 'Star Wars'?
The main reason why the former showrunners of 'Game of Thrones' left the project about a 'Galaxy Far Far Away' is simply time constraints. The two recently finished 'Game of Thrones' to one of the most controversial final seasons in television history and were subject to a huge bidding war among production companies for an exclusive deal, were not ready to get a new 'Star Wars' franchise off the ground.
“We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too,” the two said in a statement. “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. But there are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects. So we are regretfully stepping away.”
Weiss and Benioff just recently signed a $200 million deal with Netflix to work for the streaming site exclusively, and during the press release, everyone said the agreement excludes the two writers’ commitments towards the 'Star Wars' franchise. Well, now the same deal and not being able to focus on multiple things is the reason they are leaving the Star Wars franchise (maybe they are focusing on making their new Netflix projects accessible to moms and football players *eye-roll*).
Cathleen Kennedy was all praises when it comes to the departing writers, and she also hoped they get to work together down the line. “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers,” Kennedy 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.”
Where to for the 'Star Wars' Franchise Now?
Disney and Lucasfilm are right now gearing up for the release of the final movie in the Skywalker saga when 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' finds its way to the theatres on 20 December 2019. They are also getting ready to launch the Star Wars saga for the small screen with the release of 'The Mandalorian' coming on 12 November 2019 and the planned 'Obi-Wan' series starring Ewan McGregor also all set to film their six-episode series which will be released on Disney+.
Beyond those three properties, there is nothing much going on in the realm of 'Star Wars.' Rian Johnson also teased the “ending” of his new Star Wars Trilogy, and most probably, his movies will be on the docket now for the production studio. There was also report Kevin Feige, the Godfather of MCU will join Kennedy to produce a new trilogy of Star Wars movies, but it also in early stages right now.
Watch: The trailer for the Disney+ series The Mandalorian
In a way, the 'Star Wars' franchise dodged a bullet when it comes to prebuilt negative press if the movie from Weiss and Benioff was given the go-ahead. There are millions of fans who are still waiting for an apology from the creators of 'Game of Thrones' for the abysmal final season of the series. There is unbridled hate when it comes to Weiss and Benioff, and not being associated with them right now is the perfect movie for the 'Star Wars' franchise, which is already losing massive chunks of the fanbase.
The reception for 'The Rise of Skywalker' will determine the future of the Star Wars franchise, and this is also not the first time the studio moved away from directors due to some differences. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and Colin Trevorrow were both fired from their respective 'Star Wars' movies, and at this point, they need to do what Marvel is doing, getting unproven talents on the director chair and getting a great overseer behind them.
No one thought the dudes from 'Community' would be able to direct 'Avengers: Endgame,' but the faith put in brought one of the greatest cinematic experiences in movie history. The same formula needs to be used in the 'Star Wars' franchise, and they need a calming force like Feige to take control of the franchise and not panic at the sight of adversity, this is the only way 'Star Wars' will survive and live on for the next generation of moviegoers.
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