Those who have been vocal about “Star Wars” and their hatred for “The Last Jedi” are in for a bit of bad news if they felt that Walt Disney Studios was bowing to their demands as Kathleen Kennedy isn’t going anywhere. Kennedy has re-upped her deal with the company to remain the President of Lucasfilm for at least another 3-year term. While this is bad news for some, this is great news for the rest of us who are hoping for more “Star Wars” to happen sooner than later.
That’s right, folks, Kennedy will continue to be the guiding force in a galaxy far, far away through at least 2021. Oh, and she’ll be quite influential on how the upcoming television series and live-action show on Disney’s streaming service will be as well.
For those who were hoping for things to change, “The move is a vote of confidence in Kennedy, who took command of Lucasfilm after Disney’s $4 billion acquisition from George Lucas in 2012 and has overseen the relaunch of Star Wars.”
While the main trilogy films have been released on target budget-wise so far, the “Star Wars Story” installments have both undergone major reshoots. ‘Rogue One’ did make a profit at the box office but ‘Solo‘ ended up costing the studio a $50-80 million loss which likely wouldn’t have occurred if they didn’t have to fire Phil Lord and Chris Miller halfway through and bring Ron Howard on board to reshoot much of the film.
At this time, we know for feature films that she’ll be overseeing ‘Star Wars: Episode IX‘ and another installment in the “Indiana Jones” franchise. Any other film is still rumored at this point with trilogies from both Rian Johnson as well as ‘Game of Thrones’ creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss being in various stages of production. There is no word as to if any other “A Star Wars Story” movies are set to be made at this time, which is a shame as we need a ‘Lando’ movie.
As for the rumor mill, it has been reported that:
Sources say that the near future of Star Wars lies in television with Kennedy-led Lucasfilm planning on expanding the universe with new characters in that medium. The shows at this stage include a live-action series run by Jon Favreau (which is currently casting) and the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, both of which will air on Disney’s untitled streaming service, which is set to launch in the second half of 2019. Meanwhile, another animated series, Star Wars Resistance, premieres this month on The Disney Channel.
We’ll see if any other changes to the big screen releases but at the very least we’ll still be seeing a lot of “Star Wars” content being created during Kennedy’s tenure.
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