A report by Grace Randolph of Beyond the Trailer, is making rounds today as it states that Disney is trying to fire Kathleen Kennedy as the head of Lucasfilm due to the polarization of the fanbase with The Last Jedi and the box office flop of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The feeling is that Disney is on the brink of losing the fan base and can’t afford another flop for Episode IX due out at the end of 2019. The problem is, however, is that no one is willing to step up and take her spot. JJ Abrams, Randolph reports was offered the job but turned it down flat. “Several” others were approached.
One person that’s brought up as a possible replacement for Kennedy, Dave Filloni, isn’t being considered for the job by Iger, because he hasn’t run anything big like a studio. The feeling right now is that no one wants to take the responsibility of trying to Save Star Wars at this point as it is too big of a task, no big-name person would want to walk into that situation.
Grace also reports that all the Star Wars “anthology” movies are indeed on hold as Disney tries to figure this out which contradicts Disney coming out last week and confirming they are planning to move forward with future films.
Disney now has two big problems on its hands. The first is Episode IX, the final chapter in this latest trilogy. According to Randolph, Kennedy has no say in the movie. Abrams has assumed full creative control, but Kennedy’s fingerprints are all over the script.
The second problem is that with the standalone movies dead (Obi Wan Kenobi, Boba Fett, etc.), if the franchise is going to live on, it must do so through a new trilogy. However, that new trilogy will likely be directed by Kennedy favorite, Rian Johnson, the director of The Last Jedi who has done nothing but troll fans on social media who have been critical on the film that has divided the fan base.
With about 18 months before the next Star Wars film comes out and a fanbase that is shrinking in numbers by the day, Star Wars Is NOT Okay.