Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, we’ve seen the production of new ‘Star Wars’ films and projects ramping up. With each of these new announcements, we’ve been hearing multiple instances where directors of the films are being replaced. In ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ the directors changed from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to Ron Howard, which skyrocketed production costs and is one of the main reasons that the film bombed at the box office. With ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,’ J.J. Abrams returned to replace Colin Trevorrow. And most recently, the ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, backed out of making a ‘Star Wars’ trilogy for the studio.
Now, Lucasfilm’s head Kathleen Kennedy is revealing why she thinks the studio has had so much director turnover:
Every one of these movies is a particularly hard nut to crack. There’s no source material. We don’t have comic books. We don’t have 800-page novels. We don’t have anything other than passionate storytellers who get together and talk about what the next iteration might be. We go through a really normal development process that everybody else does. You start by talking to filmmakers who you think exhibit the sensibilities that you’re looking for. And I would argue that the list is very small — people who really do have the sensibilities about these kind of movies, and then the experience and the ability to handle how enormous a job these movies are. So we try to be as thoughtful as we possibly can about making those choices. I would also argue that sometimes people get involved in the normal development process, and then they realize, “Oh, my God, this is so much more than I ever imagined.” So it’s pretty common that when you’re working on movies, you’re not making choices and decisions that necessarily work out exactly the way you want from the get-go.
If this is accurate, the problem stems from having too much work when it comes to keeping a film canon among the rest of the plans which Lucasfilm has in place.
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