Lucasfilm, upon being acquired by Disney in 2012, was taken over by Kathleen Kennedy, a producer with a long and prolific history in the industry that seemed to show that there was no one better suited for the task than her. 7 years later, there are many who disagree with that idea, as one of the most popular franchises of all time has seen its popularity among fans diminish. Now, less than a month before the end of the Skywalker saga hits theaters, Kennedy was interviewed by Rollingstone and hinted that her time as president of the study could be about to end.
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When in 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 92% surpassed US $ 2 billion at the box office and was placed as the third highest grossing film of all time, everything seemed to be going from strength to strength; a year later Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 85% raised more than $ 1 billion and fans loved it, so everything pointed to Star Wars being on the right track. Things changed their course when in December 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 91% became the most divisive film in the franchise, grossed less than expected, and a few months later it influenced the box office failure of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story – 56%.
Since that fateful moment for Star Wars we’ve heard rumors multiple times that Disney was planning to fire Kathleen Kennedy as president of Lucasfilm. Although that did not happen and she renewed her contract in 2018, there are clues that suggest that she will not do it again as Disney is gradually preparing her final departure and this seems confirmed with her recent words to Rollingstone:
It has been incredibly exciting. And just from the fact that George asked me to do it, I felt a tremendous responsibility taking over and taking care of the franchise. […] What happens in the future, and for how long and how long will I be there? I do not know yet. I am about to discover all that. It’s been incredibly satisfying to get to this point where we’ve completed the series and I think we made a really wonderful movie. It’s going to feel very satisfying to the audience. So that’s what I’m focused on right now, and what the future holds, who knows.
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Various rumors say that now Lucasfilm is desperate to please the fans they hated The Last Jedi and that they didn’t want to go to the movies to see the Han Solo spin-off. Other details of these rumors give us to understand that the work done by Kennedy and director JJ Abrams on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was not well received in the test screenings so the CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, ordered specific changes and then went to George Lucas for the final edit, which garnered a better reception from fans.
Iger’s very active participation in the productions of the Star Wars universe could be due to the problems that leaving everything in the hands of Kathleen Kennedy. In addition, he himself confessed in an interview with Bloomberg than with The Mandalorian series – 90% he asked for changes in production after seeing a first cut. Have you always had that type of intervention or is it that you are now very concerned about the franchise?
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One of the rumors that appeared in mid-2018 said that Disney would seek the help of Kevin Feige, the then president of Marvel Studios and now creative director of Marvel, who has been at the helm of the successful franchise for more than 10 years. This year it was announced that Feige would produce a Star Wars film, and according to a journalist at Reddit, this means that Kathleen Kennedy has been fired from her post because:
If you are the president of a division of a company, and the CEO takes the president of a more successful division and gives them your resources, staff and your intellectual property, and makes them answer to someone higher than you in the organization, then I hate tell you this, but you’ve been demoted.
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Star Wars: Kathleen Kennedy hints her Lucasfilm departure may be near