“Stand-by damage control… Fire!”
We are now a month away from the final chapter in the sequel trilogy, the Skywalker saga and potentially Kanthleen Kennedy’s Lucasfilm career. Jon Favreau, Michelle Rejwan and Dave Filoni are poised for bigger roles in running things going forward. Marvel supremo and Disney golden boy Kevin Feige is putting in a guest appearance in the Star Wars universe. Things are potentially ominous for Kennedy who has long been rumoured to be a source of Lucasfilm pain.
The much talked about Star Wars hiatus is really nothing of the sort, with a 2022 entry already booked in. This is shorter than the current gap between Bond movies and in Hollywood terms is practically cranking them out.
Now Kennedy is joining the pre-release circus and taking the opportunity to get out in front of any rumours about her future.
Trouble At The Top
After reshooting Rogue One, losing directors throughout the franchise and creating a bona fide Star Wars flop with Solo there were still no signs of things settling down. Feverish work continues on Episode IX even with the release date so close.
The Benioff & Weiss trilogy has been scrapped, Rian Johnson’s trilogy actually happening would be seen as a middle finger to the fans after his divisive The Last Jedi. That only leaves Feige and his standalone film in the future Star Wars slate.
This is based on his own idea, and such would be his sway that he is unlikely to take too many notes from the studio.
In an interview with Rolling Stone this week Kennedy tried to say it was some way off, and in no way a Marvel expertise-based takeover of all things Star Wars:
“Kevin has been a huge fan of Star Wars, and he’s made that pretty clear. And I think when he went off to do a couple of the Spider-Man movies, he realized that he could kind of step in and out of what he’s doing specifically with just Marvel.
He talked to us, and he talked to the studio and said, ‘You know, Is there any chance I could step in and do one of the Star Wars movies?’ And I thought it was a pretty cool idea. So we’re just beginning to talk about what that might be and when that might be. But it’s a ways off.”
Her contract is up in 2021 so whatever happens next in Star Wars there is now a possibility it won’t be her at the helm by the time the next iteration of the galaxy far, far away gets rolling. Addressing this she said:
“What happens in the future, and how long and how much longer I do this? I don’t know yet. I’m looking at all of that.”
Kennedy herself is said to have assembled the Favreau, Filoni, Rejwan trio and placed them at the heart of the operation. Is this her succession planning?
The Hollywood Reporter claims a December 2022 release is locked, loaded and ready to go. A Director is already signed but they won’t announce who until January.
If The Rise Of Skywalker pulls in a cent under $1 billion then this could still all change.
Who is this mysterious Director? After The BFG and Ready Player One Spielberg needs a hit!