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  • - 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.

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