An article posted on The Hollywood Reporter states information from sources pertaining to a few key talking points centered around the future of the Star Wars franchise under Disney’s ownership. They double down on the comments recently made by Kathleen Kennedy to Rolling Stone by asking the question how long Kennedy will remain president of Lucasfilm after her contract expires in 2021. Will she remain with the company or will a new leadership team be formed? THR believes such a team could be made up of Jon Favreau (in a very prominent role), Michelle Rejwan (producer on The Rise of Skywalker and Senior Vice President of Live Action Development and Production), and Dave Filoni.
THR goes on to say that the previously-announced untitled Star Wars film planned for release in 2022 is still on course, but will not come from director Rian Johnson and we already know it will not be developed by the Game of Thrones guys. Sources say an announcement on this 2022 film will be coming from Lucasfilm in January.
The topic of Kevin Feige and how much time he will have to devote to developing new Star Wars content is also touched on given his increased Marvel responsibilities. Check out the intro to THR’s article copied below and then take the supplied source link for more.
Are there any fans more implacable than Star Wars fans? Probably not. And with The Rise of Skywalker (aka Episode IX) set to wrap up the original saga when it opens Dec. 20, it’s fair to say some are waiting with knives out to see what comes next.
The overarching and billion-dollar questions for Disney: Where does the Star Wars universe go from here? Will Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy stay or exit? Will Disney CEO Bob Iger and film studio chief Alan Horn give her the chance to steer this balky behemoth into a smooth flight path? And given the rocky recent past filled with fired and sidelined directors and aborted projects, which filmmaker(s) would even dare to take on the next phase of Star Wars?