So here’s a rumor that may make some Star Wars: The Last Jedi naysayers pretty happy. On the heels of that film, fandom seemed to split right down the middle, with some really loving the film and what it accomplished narratively (like me and fellow LRM writer Nick Doll) and others hating what they felt were disservices to the franchise (like LRM writers Cam Clark and Seth McDonald). As of right now, the environment for the franchise is seemingly so toxic that people are starting to lose interest altogether, and many are calling for the removal of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
A new rumor points to Disney — Lucasfilm’s parent company — wanting exactly that as well. According to Grace Randolph, Disney CEO Bob Iger had actually taken steps to remove Kathleen Kennedy, but those steps have led nowhere. The reason why? No one wants to take on the job. J.J. Abrams was reportedly offered the reins, but he flat-out rejected the offer to take on as the Star Wars head position, and he wasn’t the only one — though, he was the only one that was named in the report.
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The reason why? It seems that not only is fandom divided but that Lucasfilm is as well, with it being split between old Lucasfilm employees and Kathleen Kennedy loyalists, and as a result, no one wants to take on a divided house. That’s not even taking into account the similar trend that’s taking place with fans.
As of right now, Kathleen Kennedy will remain president for the foreseeable future, but has supposedly relinquished all creative control over to Abrams for Star Wars: Episode IX, and will likely be taking a backseat for a bit.
As with all rumors, be sure to take this all with a grain of salt, as this is just one report from one outlet, and as with many reports from Randolph, they tend to be very heavy-handed in terms of its perspective and the assumptions that perspective brings with it (though I’m sure plenty of you will agree with her).
What do you think of this new rumor? Are you disheartened that no one seems to want to take the job? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Grace Randolph