More than a rumor, we should call it an open secret. The creator of Star Wars really regrets leaving Kathleen Kennedy as president of Lucasfilm when he sold the company in 2012 to Disney, and that is that the production company not only betrayed George Lucas (THX 1138 – 88%, Summer Madness – 96%, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – 93%), he also deeply disappointed fans with the way he ran one of the most successful and popular film franchises in history.
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The final episode of the main saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – 61%, barely managed to exceed US $ 1 billion at the box office, but the few profits it brought to Disney were not the worst, but only a symptom of something worse, the defection of fans who had loved the universe created by George Lucas for generations.
According to a controversial youtuber who leaked much of the plot of episode IX before it hit theaters (in addition to revealing the issues surrounding the production), George Lucas is extremely sorry for having hired Kathleen Kennedy to direct Lucasfilm and take charge of his saga, because now many fans blame him for having sold Star Wars to the mouse company, and we can easily verify that his regret is real.
First, for a video posted on the official Star Wars channel in 2012, where Lucas and Kennedy talk about the future, and their words leave no room for doubt, the director left his creation in the hands of someone else in the hope that it would be respect everything that had been built before:
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I have story treatments from episodes seven, eight and nine and a bunch of other movies, and obviously we have hundreds of books and comics and everything you can imagine, so you know that somehow I passed that treasure trove of stories and various things to Kathy and I gave her my complete confidence that she will take them and make great movies and things for them to have a longer life, and for more fans and people to enjoy in the future.
Kennedy responded to his comments this way:
The main thing is to protect these characters, make sure they continue to live the way you created them, and that the Star Wars universe continues to grow.
George Lucas he refers to himself as “the keeper of the flame”, and by mentioning the hundreds of comics and stories any fan knows that he is talking about the Expanded Universe, turned into “Legends” by Disney and banished from official canon.
What followed next we already know well … Kennedy betrayed Lucas, they completely rejected his ideas for episodes VII, VIII and IX and he decided to distance himself. At one point he called the mouse company “white slavers,” but then he backed off and was silent for years. It was thanks to Bob Iger, who served as Disney’s CEO for 15 years, and published his memoir in 2019, that we found out how he felt George Lucas al be betrayed:
He thought buying his stories was an unspoken promise that we would stick with them, he was disappointed that his [nueva] history will be discarded. […] In the first meeting we had with him about the future of Star Wars, George felt betrayed, and while this whole process would never have been easy for him, we got off to an unnecessarily complicated start.
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Now the director, according to the youtuber Mike Zeroh, returned to work on Star Wars to try to remedy the damage he did to the franchise himself by trusting Kennedy. His collaboration with the showrunners of Star Wars: The Clone Wars y The Mandalorian – 90% will be very important in building a better future for the franchise that conquered the entire world 40 years ago.
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George Lucas is very sorry that he left Kathleen Kennedy in charge of Star Wars