Rumors Swirl about Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy’s Potential Firing

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Rumors Swirl about Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy’s Potential Firing

There’s no doubt long-term “Star Wars” fans feel divisive about the franchise under Kathleen Kennedy’s leadership at Lucasfilm.

A recent report from John Campea says that Kennedy will be relieved of her duties in the Summer of next year. The report claims that it could either take place before or after the release of Indiana Jones 5, a project she announced at this year’s D23 Expo.

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Her current contract has Kathleen Kennedy in charge until at least 2024, at which point she’ll have to weigh out her options once again. While the theatrical side of the Star Wars franchise has run into setbacks, many wonder what the franchise will focus on when it returns to movie theaters.

Industry insider Matthew Belloni of Puck reported that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy “was advised by Disney to stop announcing projects and creative partners.”

The reasoning for the blockage comes down to “media management,” an effort to prevent fans and press from further tackling Lucasfilm following the cancellation of a slew of projects in recent years. The Rogue Squadron announcement video by Patty Jenkins and exciting press releases for Rian Johnson and D.B. Weiss & David Benioff’s respective trilogies are examples of Star Wars hype falling flat, an issue Disney is attempting to avoid.

Ever since The Rise of Skywalker premiered in theaters back in 2019, Kathleen Kennedy has announced two live-action Star Warsmovies — on May 4, 2020, the company released an official statement saying that Taika Waititi would be co-writing and directing a new film set in a galaxy far, far away. It’s been two and a half years and the movie is still not written. Later that year, it was also announced that Patty Jenkins would be directing Rogue Squadron. But that movie project is in limbo and possibly canceled.

Since the release of The Rise of SkywalkerStar Wars has lived solely on Disney+ and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. 

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