Kathleen Kennedy also is in the dark when it comes to the Star Wars franchise.
There is a clear sight when it comes to all the studios and production companies under the large umbrella of the Walt Disney Corporation. Every studio knows what is next when the comes to the immediate, intermediate, and the far off future, but there is one anomaly when it comes to the production houses under Disney, Lucasfilm, headed by Kathleen Kennedy.
The franchise which people would’ve thought to be the most stable out of all the products from Disney is the one under the most scrutiny and without a certain future, moving forward. But how did we end up here? How did one of the beloved franchises in the history of cinema went from the pinnacle of what franchises aspire to be to the depths of obscurity?
The answer lies with Kathleen Kennedy, well, she does not possess the answer, but she is the answer to the question of what happened to the 'Star Wars' franchise. Kathleen Kennedy happened, extreme control, rigid way of doing business; it is either her vision or people are getting fired, the constant revolving doors of directors coming and leaving the project.
Bringing in puppet directors, she can control to finish movies other people made; this is not the way to live, and this is a way of inviting chaos. Kathleen Kennedy does not provide a vision or template for the directors to work on; she is taking the whole thing on and scrutinizing each and every frame.
Disney does not need to look far to see what sound leadership brings to the franchise by just glancing at Kevin Feige. Kevin is the king of Marvel Studios, his world is the last one, but people who worked with Kevin will tell you, he provides directors with parameters and guidelines and lets them do their thing on the project.
In stark opposite of Kevin, sits Kathleen, in 'Rogue One' she sidelined the director and brought Tony Gilroy to tweak some scenes, Solo directors got fired, and Ron Howard did as he was told and finished the movie. Then there was the recent leaving of D.B. Weiss and David Benioff; no one is shedding tears on the whole thing, but still, there is something wrong with the culture at Lucasfilm, and it starts at the top with Kathleen.
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So, when she is asked about what is next for the 'Star Wars' franchise after the ending of 'Rise of the Skywalker,' even she is clueless. “We’ve got various things we’re looking at and various ways in which we can begin or not. As you can imagine. You know, do you go back? Do you go forward?” Kathleen said to Rolling Stone. “All those questions are being asked. Do we stay in this galaxy? Do we go to another? The universe is never-ending. The good news and the bad news. They have endless possibilities. It’s liberating, it’s exciting, and it creates a lot of pressure and anxiety as well.”
It means they don’t have a single shred of an idea when it comes to the future of the 'Star Wars' franchise. In a way, it a good thing, we were getting tired of a 'Star Wars' movie every year, and the respite of the director less project scheduled for 2022 (will definitely be moved) will give fans time to miss the Star Wars franchise again.
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We love 'Star Wars,' but as long as it is Kathleen Kennedy, who is playing The Apprentice with the directors of the 'Star Wars' movies, then the franchise is going to die a loud and painful death. 'Star Wars' is not as it used to be, and there needs to be an injection of new blood into the franchise to provide audiences with content like 'The Mandalorian.'
The galaxy is a vast place, and if people can create stories like 'The Mandalorian,' then there is hope for the franchise, but Kathleen Kennedy needs to delegate work and not be a backseat driver. 'Star Wars' is an American institution, and if the people behind the scene do not correct the course now, then the demise of the franchise is near.
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