Cantina Talk: Kathleen Kennedy Isn’t Going Anywhere


Even though the next movie doesn’t hit theaters for more than a year, there’s a surprising amount going on in the Star Wars universe’ or, at least, behind the scenes of it. In some cases, it’s new projects getting the headlines, and in others it is’oddly’the status remaining quo that is grabbing people’s attention. Regardless, one thing is for sure: Everyone who thought Lucasfilm was preparing to U-turn away from its current course was probably wrong.

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The Real Deal: Despite the rumors that many were pushing, it turns out that Disney is more than happy with the performance of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. How can we know this for sure? Because Disney just extended her contract for three years, something that massively successful corporations don’t tend to do with people they’re dissatisfied with. (That said, some are suggesting that it’s actually just a stay of execution, which is ‘ well, pretty surreal, really. Would that most of us had such understanding and generous bosses.) Particularly interesting in the Hollywood Reporter story is the suggestion that Disney and Lucasfilm are considering pushing Star Wars more in the direction of television than movies in the future, which could be particularly interesting if true, not least of all because George Lucas was thinking this a decade or so earlier. Perhaps the future of the galaxy far, far away lives on the small screen?

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Kathleen Kennedy is staying with Lucasfilm with extended deal

The Star Wars community has been divided, especially with’outrage from fans with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and bullies pushing Kelly Marie Tran, who played Rose Tico, off of Instagram. There were even rumors that Disney wanted Kathleen Kennedy out of Lucasfilm. As it turns out, the rumor is false, and Kathleen Kennedy is here to stay. The Lucasfilm president will be leading the company for another three years with a new deal extending her position through 2021, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Date: 2018-09-28T14:06:35-07:00
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Kathleen Kennedy Renews Contract at Lucasfilm for Another Three Years

Kathleen Kennedy has been a controversial figure as head of Lucasfilm as anyone would be if they were in charge of overseeing a massive franchise like Star Wars. And yet it’s hard to argue that she hasn’t been moderately successful in that role. The Force Awakens was the jolt the franchise needed after the disappointing prequels, and The Last Jedi is a truly great film that challenged fans rather than just giving them what they wanted. Yes, there have been missteps, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was also a hit with a surprising ending. The only outright flop has been Solo: A Star Wars Story, and when you’re batting .750, you deserve to come back to the plate.

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  • Date: 2018-09-28T12:50:27+00:00
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Star Wars: Kathleen Kennedy to remain Lucasfilm President

Kathleen Kennedy will continue in her role as Lucasfilm president for at least three more years through to 2021, according to’THR. Indeed, with one swift stroke of the pen, Kennedy has struck down the small contingent’of Star Wars fans who have demanded her resignation since she took over as head of Lucasfilm.

Next up on Kennedy’s list is getting Episode IX‘ready for its December 2019 release date. No other movies have been given a firm spot on the Star Wars release schedule beyond the last installment in the Skywalker saga, but there are other projects in development, including a new trilogy being developed by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and a series of films from Game Of Thrones creator D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.’

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