Late last night it was announced that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, known as the people who made (and destroyed, depending on who you ask) Game of Thrones, would be stepping down from their upcoming Star Wars series that was due to hit theaters starting around 2022. Time management is the culprit, as explained in the duo's statement:
"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.
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."
Kathleen Kennedy offered the following:
"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."
Hmmmmmmmmmm............... Let the conspiracy theories run rampant, I guess.
It's no secret that a lot of people didn't love a lot of what the last couple seasons of Game of Thrones did and how it did them, and DnD were always at the center of the frustration and straight-up toxic hate. I guarantee a growing section of the internet will believe these statements are just good PR-speak covering for the fact that Lucasfilm ousted the writers for their prior work's poor critical and public reception.
The most interesting thing about this story to me is what the ultimate fate of their series of films will be. Was there an outline or idea of somekind that DnD were going to bring to life? Was there no story at all other than the idea nuggets in their heads? Rumors a while back pointed to the duo's series being centered on the Old Republic era of the Star Wars universe, which was a pretty darn popular thing among certain Star Wars fans so if that's just nixed it'll be interesting to see their reactions.
In my opinion, the best takeaway from this is that there will be less Star Wars movies in the immediate future (for now), and the less they pump out the better. The folks over at Disney and Lucasfilm claim to know what Star Wars fatigue is, but here's another opinion: they don't.