Unfortunately, the most interesting thing about the Disney era of Star Wars hasn’t been the films themselves but the corporate drama that seems to simmer just below the surface of innocuous-sounding announcements like the one Deadline broke last night about Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss exiting their very own Star Wars trilogy in favor of a Netflix deal – a Netflix deal which was announced long after the announcement of their partnership with Lucasfilm.
In the Deadline article, Benioff, Weiss, and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy make it sound like everything is hunky-dory and the decision just comes down to time constraints, but, considering how spectacularly Benioff and Weiss shit the bed on the last season of Game of Thrones and how fraught with dysfunction and drama Star Wars has been since Disney bought Lucasfilm and attempted to resurrect the once-respected franchise, it’s worth wondering if we’re getting the whole story.
I’ll say this: at this point, I’m looking forward more to the tell-all book we’ll eventually get that will reveal all of the shit that has been going on behind the scenes at Disney and Lucasfilm that has led to the near-destruction of an almost universally-beloved movie franchise than to the continuation of the franchise itself.
But what are your thoughts on this announcement? Did Star Wars fans dodge a bullet or did the franchise lose a talented pair of creators? Is there more to this announcement than what we’re getting officially? Let us know in the comments.