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Is Anyone Excited for Game of Thrones‘ David Benioff & D.B. Weiss to Get Their Own Star Wars Series?

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It was announced today that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss of Game of Thrones fame will be writing and producing a new series of Star Wars movies. To which nearly the entirety of the internet responded “… But why?”

In general, the news is not being met with joy. For starters, these guys are so heavily associated with GoT, I’m sure they’re capable of branching out … probably … but it’s hard to imagine.

Obviously, we don’t know much about this new series. As usual, Disney CEO Bob Iger manages to say absolutely nothing in an announcement quote. According to him, “They have an idea for number of films and at some later date I’m sure we’ll disclose to all of you just what those are. They are focused on a point in time in the Star Wars mythology and taking it from there.”

Cool. Useful info, thanks.

Still, just going off our that existing track record (because we’re not here for any of that “give them a shot” nonsense; they’ve had their chance to establish expectations–it’s called eight seasons of mega-blockbuster TV show), there’s some serious baggage these guys bring with them. To start, a lot of people are angry at how this perpetuates the continued lack of diversity behind the scenes in the Star Wars universe.

And amplifying marginalized voices isn’t exactly these guys’ forté.

Their treatment of women and POC onscreen isn’t great, either.

If there’s one bright spot in this, it’s that hopefully they won’t have time to move ahead with that terrible-sounding Confederate show where the South won the Civil War and slavery is still legal. Because as unexcited as people seem to be about this, NO ONE wanted that to happen.

Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that these guys wanted to make that show. They thought that was a cool idea. What does that say about their judgement?

What do you all think? Are you interested to see what Benioff and Weiss would bring to the franchise? Would you rather see a new series from a different creative force? Or are you hitting Star Wars fatigue in general?

(image: Lucasfilm)

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