The big news this week was that Game of Thrones creators, David Benioff and B.D. Weiss, left the Star Wars trilogy, and they put the reason down to the recent deal they struck with Netflix and said that their schedule was just too busy to do the trilogy justice.
However, there have been reports that one of the main reasons they left the Star Wars trilogy was down to what they called the ‘toxic fanbase’.
This comes from The Hollywood Reports who’s sources claimed that Benoff and Weiss weren’t interested in the harassment they’d have to endure if they did the movies.
If anybody knows about difficult fanbases it’s Benioff and Weiss, who came under massive fire after Game of Thrones season eight aired.
There have been plenty of incidences of actors and directors involved in Star Wars being harassed online.
Take Rian Johnson, for instance, who got a lot of flack for having directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was poorly received by a very vocal section of the so-called Star Wars ‘fanbase’.
Then there was the incident when Kelly Marie Tran had to delete her Instagram after she endured months of racist harassment.
Benioff and Weiss were too worried about the fans to make their Star Wars trilogy
And then there was Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels, claimed he’d contemplated suicide following the horrible amount of abuse directed at him after the prequels.
Even George Lucas was fed up with the amount of abuse he received from the Star Wars fans, saying in 2012:
“Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”
The truth of the matter is that Star Wars fans really have to calm down and stop the abuse. They’re only movies after all.
Whether or not this was a real reason for Benioff and Weiss leaving their Star Wars project hasn’t been confirmed, yet it sounds as if it did play a big part in them abandoning the project.
Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is hitting cinemas in the UK December 19th, 2019.
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