More than 15,000 angry fans sign petitions demanding that Game Of Thrones showrunners be banned from working on next Star Wars movie
Thousands of angry fans have signed petitions demanding that the showrunners of be barred from making a movie.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss faced intense backlash from fans who didn‘t like the writing on the final season of Game Of Thrones, including a petition demanding that the entire season be re-written.
Now, several petitions have been started begging Disney to boot the pair from a planned Star Wars project, to be the next movie in the franchise after Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.
‘Putting the Game of Thrones writers (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) in charge of Star Wars is not only a controversial decision but a mistake, plain and simple,‘ reads one petition on which has garnered nearly 11,000 signatures.
Another petition with more than 5,000 signatures on reads: ‘If we allow Weiss and Benioff to create this next film, we are surely in for disappointment.‘
Benioff and Weiss came in for criticism when the elaborate plot machinations of the HBO series were wrapped up in a series of rapid moves over the final, six-episode season.
Many were devastated to see the character Daenerys Targaryen, whom they viewed as a feminist savior, be revealed in her final form as a brutal and power-hungry tyrant.
So great was the rage that thousands even signed a petition making the improbable demand that HBO re-shoot the entire final season.
Earlier this week, HBO programming president Casey Bloys waved off the criticism.
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‘I think the guys did a great job,‘ Bloys told . ‘It‘s always sad when a show departs, but that‘s part of the TV life cycle, and life moves on. But obviously we‘re really proud of the show.‘
‘I think to a certain extent it was expected that for a show this big, there‘s no way you‘re going to please everybody‘ Bloys said. ‘It‘s roughly split with some people loving it and some people disliking it. That‘s about what you‘d expect. I think the guys landed a massive plane and did a great job doing it. But you‘re never going to make everybody happy, nor should that be the goal.‘
Put on hold for now is ‘Confederate,‘ the alternate-history drama series that was to be Benioff and Weiss‘ follow-up to ‘Thrones.‘
After being given a series order by HBO in 2017, ‘Confederate‘ drew strong negative response from critics who questioned the efficacy of HBO mounting a series spearheaded by two white men that posited a world in which the South won the Civil War and slavery remained legal in Southern states.
Subsequently, Benioff and Weiss were recruited by Disney to write and produce three new films in the ‘Star Wars‘ franchise. Last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the pair would direct the next ‘Star Wars‘ movie after this December‘s ‘The Rise of Skywalker,‘ an untitled film slated for 2022.
Bloys signaled that, in light of Benioff and Weiss‘ commitment to the ‘Star Wars‘ franchise, ‘Confederate‘ is now on hold indefinitely.
‘They‘re going off to do the ‘Star Wars‘ movies and they just kind of put it aside,‘ he said. ‘If they want to come back and do it, they‘ll do it. But we‘ll take their lead on it.‘