This week we heard that former Game of Thrones showrunners Benioff and Weiss were no longer working on their Star Wars trilogy for Lucasfilm. As far as we are led to believe this was all so they could focus on their new mega Netflix deal and they simply did not have the time.
However’ today we have a report from Joanna Robertson, primary Game of Thrones reporter for Vanity Fair that tells a slightly different story. The report was a Patreon-only edition of The Storm Podcast, luckily for us though, one of the Patreons has detailed what was said on a Reddit thread you can find by clicking the link below in the source section.
According to Robertson, the decision to remove Benioff and Weiss was made in May, well before their Netflix deal. She claims Disney sources have explained this was a ‘soft’ removal and was not announced in order to allow Benioff and Weiss to shop their services elsewhere. She also suggested that the former showrunners comments about Game of Thrones last weekend at an event in Austin may have sped up the announcement we got this week. May, that’s back when Game of Thrones Season 8 was just arriving, which could make sense?
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She also claims her sources have told her that Kevin Feige will be reporting directly to Bob Iger on his Star Wars project, not to Kathleen Kennedy. Apparently, Disney has their eye on Feige to steady the franchise after this December’s The Rise of Skywalker. However, she also said that this does not necessarily mean that Kennedy is being removed, and that Feige’s role may merely be in a consulting capacity. She did not seem to have a clear idea on what was next for Star Wars in movie theaters.
This is all very interesting and it seems unlikely that Robertson would not have good sources on this considering the appeal and reach of Vanity Fair, but as with all things, let’s just treat this as rumor until we hear any reports backing this up from elsewhere.
It certainly seems possible that the fan backlash to the final season of Game of Thrones could have given Disney cold feet when it came to awarding Benioff and Weiss the next trilogy. Who better I suppose to salvage something than Feige, but this is all very mysterious and it may be some time, if ever, before we find out the truth of all this.
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