David Benioff & D.B. Weiss leave Star Wars and people are rejoicing
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have pulled out of working on Star Wars to instead focus on their own Netflix projects.
The writers for Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have reportedly backed out of their deal to work on creating a Star Wars trilogy. Fans of Star Wars however seem far from upset about the dropped-deal.
The Game of Thrones duo were ushered in by Disney owned-Lucasfilm to bring to life an entirely new Star Wars trilogy. It was slated to succeed the Skywalker trilogy which will draw to a close this holiday season with Rise of the Skywalker, the ninth Star Wars film and bookend of the third trilogy.
The pair were expected to kick off in 2022 with a brand new story line for the far, far, away franchise. But they have now said they’re dropping the project to focus on their work with Netflix.
The exact details of their Netflix deal is unknown, what we do know is that they’re signed to produce a new series for Netflix over a number of years. Deadline states it’s a five-year gig and Netflix coughed up a dizzying US $300 million to nab the duo.
“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,” they said in a statement to Deadline. “So we are regretfully stepping away.”
The duo did however assure that it’s nothing personal:
“We love Star Wars,” the pair said in a statement to Deadline. “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.”
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that: “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers,. 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.”
While the loss of a pair of Emmy-Award winning writers might seem devastating, Deadline points out it isn’t a huge deal for a brand as enormous as Star Wars.
For example, there’s the new film dropping on December 20, as well as the already-praised The Mandalorian TV show coming to Disney+ in the middle of November, as well as the Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off starring the original Ewan McGregor in 2021.
Once the news of their Jedi-departure hit, people were swift to take to Twitter and voice some opinions. Overall people are rejoicing at the Game of Thrones masterminds (subjective) bidding adieu. Game of Thrones began in 2011, running for 8 seasons, it concluded this year smashing all sorts of viewership records.
The entire cast, Weiss and Benioff included, came under immense fire for the last season, calling it the worst yet. The backlash was so bad in fact that the writers didn’t even want to hear the reception on the finale, and a petition was even made for the pair to be kicked off the show and the final season rewritten entirely without them. (The petition got well over one million signatures by the way.)
With all this in mind, here’s what folks had to say about the pair leaving the beloved Star Wars franchise:
I have to say it's incredible how both my Game of Thrones fandom and my Star Wars fandom have come together to rejoice of the fall of Darth Benioff and Darth Weiss.
Winter came for the dark side!— Oadara (@TheRealOadara) October 29, 2019
Hahahahahahahahaahahahahahahaahahahahahahaahahahahahaagagagagahahahaha ... Haaaaa.. Hoo.. He.
This is glorious
Deadline: 'Star Wars' Setback: 'Game Of Thrones' Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Exit
via @GoogleNews— Petty (@amanslaughter) October 29, 2019
David Benioff and DB Weiss getting removed from Star Wars is great news not only for Star Wars fans, but Game of Thrones fans everywhere. The North remembers.
AND NOW THEY RUSHED SEASON 8 FOR NOTHING.— Justin Monster-sit is part of the Yang Gang (@JustinJMonisit) October 29, 2019
So they rushed @GameOfThrones so that they could focus on their @starwars film? And now they’re not even working on Star Wars? We’re they fired due to #GOT backlash or did they just give up? #benioff #weiss https://t.co/lGEf3i0ZQO— The Space (@The___Space) October 29, 2019