There’s been a disturbance in the force.

As reported earlier this week, former Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have left their planned trilogy of Star Wars films, making for a fourth high profile departure from a Star Wars-related project since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012. The company’s once lofty ambitions for stories in a galaxy far, far away seem to have changed dramatically and significantly in the proceeding years, leaving a great number of projects to cast out amongst the stars. Before we move forward and take a look at what’s next for Star Wars, it might also be helpful to take a look back and see how we’ve ended up here in the first place. It involves a classic tale of too much, too fast and bold ambitions, culminating with a timely reminder: The best-laid plans are great...until you get a punch in the mouth.

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