Disney May Be Replacing Kathleen Kennedy with Jon Favreau as Head of Lucasfilm. There is no denying that there are several camps growing in regards to who should be running the show at Lucasfilm, but two distinct camps seems to be growing by the day, those in favor of current President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy and those who would rather see her replaced by The Mandalorian showrunner and Marvel Studios Star Jon Favreau.
Favreau and fellow showrunner Dave Filoni immediately gained favor from Star Wars fans after an extremely successful premiere of the Mandalorian that has now spun off into several upcoming Star Wars live-action series for Disney+ including Ahsoka, Andor, Lando, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Book of Boba Fett and more. Many fans believe that Favreau’s ability to remind audiences of why they love Star Wars stories so much is a welcome change after the disappointing final trilogy in the Skywalker Saga under Kennedy’s leadership. Prompting many fans to call for Favreau to replace her as President of Lucasfilm after Indiana Jones 5.
Star Wars fans are not the only ones that seem to be unhappy with Kathleen Kennedy’s leadership, with several reports stating that Lucasfilm creator George Lucas would rather see The Mandalorian and The Bad Batch showrunner and executive producer Dave Filoni as President of Lucasfilm.
The news that Disney may be reconsidering Kennedy’s position with the studio should be taken with a grain of salt, since during the 2021 shareholder meeting, Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke out on various calls for Kennedy’s firing from Lucasfilm, stating: “We look forward to having Kathy direct the activities of the entire Lucasfilm organization for many years to come.“ Though, if prompted for change, Disney has been known to reconsider their choices in regards to filmmakers and leadership, so we shall have to wait and see if Disney is willing to listen to fans on this one.
Lucasfilm has several major projects in the works, including films by directors such as Taika Waititi and Rian Johnson, as well as original series that will premiere exclusively on Disney+. Some upcoming titles include Ahsoka, The Rangers of the New Republic, Andor, Rogue Squadron, The Mandalorian: Season 3, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Book of Boba Fett, The Bad Batch, and more. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Lucasfilm!
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Source: The Atlantic
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