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Star Wars: The Kind Of Movies Benioff And Weiss May Have Made, Plus More

This week we heard the news that David Benioff and Dan Weiss were no longer attached to the next three planned Star Wars movies. Since then we have had several reports talking more about the departure of the former Game of Thrones showrunners.

Yesterday there was a rumor begun by Vanity Fair reporter Joanna Robinson that we covered. You can find the detail in the related section below. However, it was essentially Robinson saying that Benioff and Weiss had been out since Game of Thrones Season 8 hit in May, and that they had not yet agreed the Netflix deal at that time. Robinson has since backtracked on her comments big time and the podcast in which she spoke about this has since been removed, all a little mysterious to me, and perhaps naïve of Robinson if she didn’t think this news would spread fast. Here is what she said later on twitter

Interesting, because despite the fact this report did come from Reddit, Robinson’s own words were quoted by several users who listened to the podcast directly as Patreon subscribers. Did they misquote? Not that I can tell, to be honest, though she may have been more upset at her own musings being reported as a rumor…even when they kinda were.

After this, we had a counter-report from THR, which we also covered, and unusually I have included Jammer’s coverage of this report in the related section also, just so you can easily track the constant progression of this story. The THR report painted a different picture that was more to do with Lucasfilm being a little miffed that the pair had agreed this massive Netflix deal before really beginning on their Star Wars project. This is more in line with the “scheduling conflicts” reason given in the official press releases.

Today we share a third story on all this from another big trade, this time Variety have published a report on the future of Star Wars. Not only does it give us some insight into what Benioff and Weiss trilogy would have covered, it also throws serious shade on the fan theory (ok, my theory also) that Kevin Feige is going to take over from Kathleen Kennedy sometime after The Rise of Skywalker hits.

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The article backs up the previous report from THR somewhat in that it says that things soured after Benioff and Weiss signed their Netflix deal, and that there was an element of a tug of war for the pair, which eventually gave Lucasfilm cold feet. However, this report does state that Benioff and Weiss were going to be working on a very ancient story in the universe, about how the Jedi first appeared and discovered the Force etc, very far removed from anything in the Skywalker Saga. They do also add, that things began to turn sour when creative differences started appearing between what Benioff and Weiss wanted and what Lucasfilm were willing to greenlight, which has, as I’m sure you know, been an issue with both Rogue One and Solo previously. The suggestion seems to be that Lucasfilm are very reluctant to give much creative freedom to their writers and directors, but that does seem to fly in the face of what Rian Johnson described as his experiences whilst working on The Last Jedi, so again I feel like there is a lot of information we are missing here.

Finally, they do talk about Kevin Feige, but they say their insiders tell them that Feige’s Star Wars project is supposed to be something standalone and that there are no plans for Feige to suddenly take control of Lucasfilm in addition to Marvel, something also backed up by THR‘s previous report.

I am personally still not convinced that we are not getting a heavy dose of controlled PR in all this. There is no way Disney would want anything controversial to be announced less than two months out from The Rise of Skywalker‘s debut. However, no one cares about my crazy conspiracy theories and we have to take what these big trades are hearing from their sources, which we know are solid from previous experience, seriously.

Conclusion – It seems like Benioff and Weiss had a few creative differences with Lucasfilm in their project about the very early days of the Jedi, they then signed a big deal with Netflix, everyone got a little pissed off on all three sides, and they all decided to move off in a different direction,. Oh, and that Kevin Feige is currently too busy with Marvel to accelerate his plans to fill that 2022 release date, clear as crystal, huh?

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SOURCE: Variety

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