It’s no mystery that not everyone has been happy with the way that Star Wars has been going, and for some reason, a chunk of the fans (let’s say “The Fandom Menace”) have opted to make Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy their scapegoat for why Star Wars is so ‘horrible’ now. With news sites pumping out rumors of an ‘internal war’ at Lucasfilm and Disney wanting Kennedy out, Disney CEO Bob Chapek has come out to set things straight.
During a Disney Investor call (via The Observer’s Brandon Katz), a Disney exec allegedly asked Chapek if there were plans to fire Kathleen Kennedy and replace her with Dave Filoni, to which Chapek replied:
“We’ve been absolutely thrilled that we can have the creative talent in our company the likes of Kathleen Kennedy. We look forward to having Kathleen directing Lucasfilm activities for years to come.”
While this certainly won’t mark an end for the nasty rumors being spread about Kennedy, it sure is nice to have some confirmation that Disney has her back.
Admittedly, their run on Star Wars hasn’t been perfect. Kennedy was at the helm when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from Solo: A Star Wars Story; however, some are still on the fence about whose fault it is that Colin Trevorrow was scrapped and we got the fanservice-heavy film that was The Rise of Skywalker. At this point, I trust that Kennedy knows how to handle the franchise creatively, but it was Disney that forced TROS to try and ret-con The Last Jedi (also it was Disney that forced a May release for Solo, ultimately dooming it to compete with Avengers: Infinity War).
We don’t know how long Kennedy would want to stay as head of Lucasfilm, but hopefully the franchise has a brighter future ahead.
For now, catch The Mandalorian Season 2 on Disney+.