August 15, 2019

Will the 'Game of Thrones' Writers' Netflix Deal Hurt Star Wars?

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
If you've been following entertainment news this month, you probably heard about David Benioff and D.B. Weiss signing a huge overall deal at Netflix.

The Emmy-winning writers and showrunners were courted heavily over the summer and they finally landed a $250 million deal at Netflix. Over the next five years, they'll be creating new TV and films for the streamer. Netflix is probably hoping to be the home of the next major cultural TV moment, just like Game of Thrones was for HBO.

But Benioff and Weiss have a prior commitment. In 2018, they were tapped to write and produce a trilogy of Star Wars films for Disney, to be released starting in 2022. So what does this new Netflix deal mean for the movies?

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

A new piece from The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at the showrunners' Netflix deal and how they plan to balance multiple projects. THR correctly points out that the pair have not been willing to multitask in the past. They focused totally on Game of Thrones before even considering taking on Star WarsTHR's sources have Benioff and Weiss writing a treatment for their Star Wars trilogy. To be clear, a treatment is not a screenplay. They've now committed to writing only one script for the movies, where before it was all three. They were also slated to produce, and it's not clear if that's still happening, either.

So how will the pair do, when before they preferred to focus on one project at a time? A source at Netflix told Hollywood Reporter that they expect to see results from the writers even if they're working on Star Wars concurrently.

"It's not going to be ten years [until] Netflix sees their first output," the source said.

Are you excited to see what Benioff and Weiss come up with at Netflix? What about the possibility of their new Star Wars trilogy? Let us know in the comments.     

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Star Wars is THE hottest thing right now! Eh...for over 40 years...I really wished EVERYTHING would be Star Wars. Why doesn't Disney bring out another Lion King version but with Star Wars characters in it? Or Arielle? Pocahontas? Or how about a Marvel universe and Star Wars universe crossover? An endless series of Star Wars movies could also be made with Pixar characters in them. Damn, so many ways to exploit the IP with the least bit of creativity involved, I should apply for a CEO position at Disney-Lucasfilm-Pixar-Fox-Marvel...

August 16, 2019 at 2:42AM, Edited August 16, 2:42AM

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These two are terrible writers. The Only season they wrote without the GoT books and George RR Martin.
I suspect they are mediocre writers, at best with brilliant marketing and suck up talent.

August 16, 2019 at 2:51AM

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sandy sandy
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I’ll stick to Elden Ring, thank you very much

August 16, 2019 at 9:18AM

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Ed
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Is Netflix aware that the vast majority of GoT was written by someone else? When they took over, the show clearly suffered. Unless these two find another book series as well written to adapt, I'd say this will prove to be a huge mistake.

August 16, 2019 at 1:01PM

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