When Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012, Kathleen Kennedy was appointed as president, after spending a few months as co-chairman alongside George Lucas. Since then, Kennedy has steered the ship on the Star Wars franchise to massive success. While some fans have had concerns about Kennedy’s leadership – see Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s failure and the polarizing reception to The Last Jedi – she won’t be going anywhere in the foreseeable future.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Kennedy has renewed her contract at Lucasfilm. She will remain at the company for another three years, going through 2021. With Disney and Lucasfilm planning a slowdown of Star Wars movies, what will Kennedy’s leadership look like in the future?
Sources tell THR that Episode IX will definitely be the last “chapter” in the Skywalker saga, and that will be a key selling point in the marketing campaign. While the future of the anthology films is unclear, Rian Johnson’s trilogy and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss’ series remain in development.
But in the meantime, the near future is geared more towards television, with Jon Favreau’s live action series and a new season of The Clone Wars coming to Disney Play. Additionally, the animated series Star Wars Resistance premieres this month on Disney Channel. So, even if we have to wait a while to see Star Wars on the big screen again, we’ll have plenty of other content to look forward to.
Stay tuned for more news as we have it. Star Wars Episode IX hits theaters on December 20th, 2019.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter