30 Oct- With projects as big as the "Star Wars" movies, sudden exits are bound to happen when the filmmakers or creators are no longer able to focus on their works.
"Creative differences" is often cited as the reason whenever a departure or replacement is announced but not this time, this time it's due to the other oft-used reason: scheduling conflict.
Last year, it was announced that "Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would be developing the new "Star Wars" trilogy that was set to debut in 2022. Recent development, however, brought word that they have exited the project.
"We love "Star Wars"," the pair told Deadline. "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."
Indebted they may be, they still have to step down due to their "full schedule", having signed a multimillion-dollar deal in early August to create TV content for Netflix for the next five years.
"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," they added. "So we are regretfully stepping away."
The duo did not burn any bridges, however, as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy stated, "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"."
So maybe fans will get a "Star Wars" movie from them somewhere down the Milky Way.
At the moment, fans have the upcoming "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" to look forward to in cinemas this December and "The Mandalorian" on streaming service Disney+ next month.
Other than that, Kevin Feige and Rian Johnson are also developing their own "Star Wars" projects, and Ewan McGregor will be reprising the title role for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
It remains to be seen who will take over the new trilogy, which already has its movies slotted for release in December 2022, 2024 and 2026.