Why the Game of Thrones Creators REALLY Left Star Wars! (Nerdist News w/ Amy Vorpahl)

Why the Game of Thrones Creators REALLY Left Star Wars! (Nerdist News w/ Amy Vorpahl)


– The real reason why
the “Game of Thrones” showrunners left “Star Wars?” The latest trailer for “The Mandalorian,” the live action “Star
Wars” show for Disney Plus dropped Monday night, and boy howdy the spot
was filled to the brim with everything we love about
the galaxy far far away. Super battle droids, shoulder
mounted blasters, jet packs. (phone rings) Oh, one second. Excuse me. Wait? What happened in the “Star
Wars” news last night? You’re kidding? Okay, huh. Thank you! Well, what we though was
the biggest “Star Wars” news to happen this week was the trailer for “The Mandalorian” dropping but it turns out the bigger news was “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss dropping out of the next “Star Wars” Trilogy. In case you need a refresher, before “Game of Thrones” final season Lucas Film announced that Dave and D. B., or D and D as fans call them, were going to write, produce, and possibly direct the next “Star
Wars” film set for 2022. They would be the
guiding hands to kick off a new trilogy of “Star Wars” films, the first beyond the Sky
Walker Saga that is set to end in December’s Episode IX. Now, depending on what they thought of “Game of Thrones” final season this news filled fans with either excitement or dread. However all of the
anxiety and apprehension poofed away when shortly after the debut of “The Mandalorian” trailer, deadline revealed that
the duo was stepping away from Lucas Film and “Star Wars.” Now, why would they be turning
their back on a Star War? Well, a little bit of backstory is needed. According to the
Hollywood trade magazines, in August the pair had scored a major $250 million deal with Netflix and they cite that specific obligation as their reason for leaving “Star Wars”. In a statement two deadline, they said “We love “Star Wars.” “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.” The statement went on
to say “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.” Lucas Film head honcho
Kathleen Kennedy responded to the departure by saying “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.” Now, all of this feels
pretty simple on the surface but would you believe it? Fans are not entirely convinced. And they would be
justified in that belief. There are a ton of moving parts here, so let’s dive in to what really could have caused this split. First up, it could just be that there is too much on their plate. It’s no joke that Benioff and Weiss are going to be super busy
with their $250 million Netflix deal which will
see them creating content for the streaming giant
for the next five years. However, while the so long to
“Star Wars” seemed amicable, the timing is very suspicious. If you haven’t seen Monday’s Nerdist news, over the weekend D and D finally opened up to audiences about their
experience on “Game of Thrones” at Austin Film Festival,
and what they said did not paint them in
the best light to fans. Especially those who
were displeased with how the show wrapped up this year. Plus, it’s no secret that
“Star Wars” has had some very public break ups
and firings with certain creative teams in the past few years. There was “Fantastic Four”
director Josh Trank’s Boba Fett film that was quietly killed before it was announced. Colin Trevorrow left Episode IX before it started filming after his panned film “The Book of Henry” and Phil Lord and Chris
Miller were publicly replaced on “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in the middle of production. And while nobody is
saying this is a firing, the timing of this exit happening so close to fan outrage is leaving
some scratching their heads. On top of that, with the
Disney Plus streaming service set to premiere in two weeks, Disney is now a direct
competitor with Netflix and things haven’t been quite
peaceful between the two. Reportedly, TV channels associated with Disney have dropped
commercials for any and all Netflix content. This has led many to suspect
that this could be a case of Netflix flexing their contract muscle to get D and D away from making something for their competitor. So where does all of this land? In all likelihood, the
real truth is somewhere in the middle of all of these. While Benioff and Weiss
working on “Star Wars” was announced in April, their Netflix deal that was finalized in August gave the two a lot of obligations that
they didn’t originally have. And maybe some fan outrage
and corporate hardball greased the wheels for
something that was bound to happen eventually, kind of similar to the recent situation where Kevin Feige was too busy to work on “Spider Man” when Disney and Sony weren’t seeing eye to eye over the next wall crawler movie. As for the fan reaction to their departure for “Star Wars”, well
let’s just say it appeared most of them are on board for this news. Many in the Sci-Fi Fantasy community claim that D and D rushed the ending to “Game of Thrones” so that they could work on “Star Wars”. And loosing their “Star Wars” because they rushed “Game of Thrones”
and ruined the ending, has fans feeling pretty vindicated. To be honest, we’re sure
D and D aren’t crying themselves to sleep with their
$250 million Netflix Deal. (cash register chiming) So, what does this mean for “Star Wars?” While, on the TV side
there is a lot in store for Disney Plus with “The Mandalorian,” the Cassian Andor series, the
return of the “Clone Wars,” and an Obi-Wan Kenobi series. But on the film side, things
seem to be up in the air. Benioff and Weiss’
“Star Wars” was supposed to kick off a new era,
and it was the next film on their slate. Maybe the project they were working on gets transferred to new talent. Maybe Ryan Johnson’s upcoming trilogy gets moved in to this slot. Or maybe all of this is the reason Kevin Feige’s “Star Wars” movie was announced a few weeks ago. Disney knew this departure was coming and Feige’s film is
going to take its place. We wouldn’t be shocked if that’s the case. But, what do you folks think? What do you think the next
“Star Wars” film will be? Did you like “The Mandalorian” trailer? – [Mandalorian] Yeah. – And who do you want to see tackle a Star War? Let’s discuss. Thanks for watching! If you like what you saw, why not give us a like and subscribe? If you want to get notified every time we go live at the show,
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