It looks like Kathleen Kennedy is going to be around for a while. Contrary to what some outlets have reported and some fans were hoping for there’s no truth to the rumors that Kathleen Kennedy is being replaced as the head of Lucasfilm. During the investor’s call on Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Chapek assured shareholders that Kennedy would be leading Lucasfilm for “years to come.” Chapek was questioned during the meeting if Kennedy was being replaced by Dave Filoni or Jon Favreau, both of who have become very popular among Star Wars fans with The Mandalorian. Chapek’s response was a vote of confidence for Kathleen:
“We’ve been absolutely thrilled that we can have the kind of talent like Kathy Kennedy to direct Lucasfilm… We look forward to having Kathleen Kennedy running the Lucasfilm organization for many years to come.”
Chapek’s response was not shocking to us over at LRM. Way back in July we reported that contrary to other outlets Kathleen Kennedy was not being pushed out of Lucasfilm and there was not an internal civil war in the company. While the general audience loves that type of drama it just wasn’t true. Have there been conflicts in the company, sure, just like any company, there is going to be conflict at some point. But not to the point where there are two factions and they absolutely hate each other.
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While the vote of confidence for Kathleen Kennedy might be disappointing for some of you, this news is actually good for business. At the Investor Day meeting, it was Kathleen who laid out the future of Lucasfilm listing fourteen projects currently in the works. If Kathleen were to step down or let go at the end of her contract there is a good possibility that the person who would replace her would want to change the current projects. In my eyes and business that would be a bad thing.
I am not saying that everything Kathleen Kennedy has done is perfect by no means. The sequel trilogy had its flaws as it was rushed through production and Lucasfilm marketing needs to improve. Taking over Lucasfilm has been challenging with mistakes along the way but it seems Kathleen and the company are learning from those mistakes and taking the company to a better light. Will there be more issues in the future? Sure, but I am hoping those issues become smaller and smaller as time goes on. In the end, I am just happy that there is a future and it has Star Wars in it!