To lose one director is careless. To lose two could be considered enemy action. To lose six and reshoot one out at the knees could be considered a catastrophe. If a department in a big Corporate had that sort of staff turnover as a percentage then HR would be sniffing around asking questions.
However Lucasfilm takes a kicking and keeps on ticking… just.
Now, after the BAFTAs was consumed by the usual Hollywood style virtue signalling and crippling identity politics that they fail to realise has alienated them from their core audience and, in effect, paymasters, Kathleen Kennedy was tackled about the gender diversity issue on the red carpet.
Now, no matter what charge you may wish to level at Kennedy regarding her stewardship of the Star Wars franchise, and there can be many, there is one accusation that you can never really thrown her way.
The accusation that there is a lack of women involved in the whole show over at Lucasfilm.
Yet that didn’t stop them, despite this kind of thing being readily available on the internet.
The virtue must be signalled! So signalled it was! Despite the overwhelming gender diversity at Lucasfilm, particularly in story groups and senior leadership, the goalposts has to be moved to make a point.
Specifically directors were the goal. Kennedy was asked when fans might see more female directors in the franchise. To her credit she pointed out:
“Oh, we already got ’em. We’re doing The Mandalorian, we’ve got two or three fantastic women working with Star Wars, we’re cultivating a lot of great talent.”
So the goalposts had to be moved again. Not a TV series, but a feature film? She was asked if fans will ever see a female director actually helm a feature film? Her response:
“Oh, absolutely! Without question”
This, of course, moved the conversation on from being able to talk about Obi-Wan Kenobi which will see Deborah Chow take the chair for its entire run.
What does remain to be seen is how long Kennedy will be in post as The Rise Of Skywalker eases it’s way out of movie theatres already, having barely broken the $1bn mark with production costs around half that.
If or when that time comes it still cannot be denied that Kennedy has been a champion of women in the movie industry.