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Disney CEO Bob Chapek Reaffirms Kathleen Kennedys Secure Future at Lucasfilm

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Mar 9, 2021.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    Contrary to the perennial rumors that Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy is on the way out, Disney CEO Bob Chapek has reaffirmed that she will be directing Lucasfilm activities for years to come.





    Earlier today, Disney hosted a conference call for their investors to discuss the state of the company. In contrast to a year ago, when COVID-19 was wrecking nearly all aspects of their business model aside from their direct-to-consumer platforms (particularly due to the over-performance of Disney+), Disney has managed to bounce back in a big way with their stock nearly triple what it was at that time. A big portion to Disney Plus's success is due to The Mandalorian, which was the reason to pick up the streaming service initially, as far as their original content went. While their other businesses are slowly beginning to resume 'business as usual' with vaccines in the process of being distributed, Disney+ continues to excel past the 'pandemic bump' in subscribers when people were first holed up in their homes. The service, as of now, has cleared 100M global subscribers, with Disney now setting a lofty goal of releasing 100 new original offerings for the service per year going forward:






    Nonetheless, there have been long-standing rumors over the past few years that Disney was looking to move on from Kathleen Kennedy in spite of her tenure at Lucasfilm being successful. One investor called in and brought up rumors that Lucasfilm Animation executive and The Mandalorian executive producer, writer, and director Dave Filoni was going to take Kennedy's job. Bob Chapek swiftly dismissed any rumors of this nature by noting that Kennedy is not going anywhere:






    At one point, it seemed possible that Kennedy would step down from Lucasfilm following the completion of the fifth and final Indiana Jones film, the initial release of which initially coincided with when her current contract was set to expire (Summer 2021) prior to the film's delay. Given that her involvement with the company began with Raiders of the Lost Ark, and that she helped develop the other three sequels, it seems that completing the fifth and final adventure with Dr. Henry 'Indiana' Jones, Junior would be a perfect way to bookend her career. However, it sounds like the legendary producer and current Lucasfilm president is staying put, and The Mandalorian and other Disney+ content seems to be the perfect incentive for her to stay, in addition to Patty Jenkins' Rogue Squadron and other upcoming Star Wars movies being developed by Kevin Feige, Taika Waititi, and Rian Johnson, not to mention the film adaptation of Children of Blood and Bone.



    Films aside, Kennedy will be busy on the Disney+ side of things as well. Development on the Willow sequel series, for instance, is underway. Meanwhile, there's a large slate of animated (The Bad Batch, Visions, A Droid Story) and live-action (The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka, Lando, Rangers of the New Republic, The Acolyte) Star Wars series on her plate. It stands to reason that due to the sheer volume of the shows and movies announced at last December's big presentation, she has no plans to exit the company anytime soon - and since Bob Chapek seems to be happy with how the franchise has performed on the big and small screens, he appears happy to continue with Kennedy as President of Lucasfilm for years to come.



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    Whoever wrote this: calling them "rumors" is giving them to much credit.
     
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    Great! Now I hope to stop hearing about how she’ll be fired any day now. Oh wait that won’t happen. Gotta make that clickbait money
     
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    Finally confirmed and so the bs rumors and speculations better stop but now there will just be even more videos on youtube hating on Disney and her.

    I actually honestly don't care if she goes or stays. I don't agree with a lot of her decisions but there's still been many good things about the franchise despite her in power and producing.

    Disney Star Wars has been hit or miss but I don't find her or them all that terrible to hate with a passion
     
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    Star Wars would have faded without Disney. I think clone wars was all we were gonna get under George. I love George hence my avatar. But Star Wars was at a dead end under him. He wasn’t going to make anymore movies.
     
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    Star Wars has always been hit or miss since they decided to do more than one. It's not just Disney Star Wars.
     
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    It was Kathleen Kennedy all along!!! KK FOREVER... OY VEY... How do you like that everybody??? (epic fail)
    SHE'S HERE TO STAY FORGETABOUTIT...(r2-d2)FOREVERRRRRRR...(emperor)

    KK FATIGUE WILL EVENTUALLY SET IN... :eek:
     
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    Star Wars is ruined forever! Dictator Kathleen takes control!

    George Lucas Furious that Kennedy now has absolute power!

    I can see it all now
     
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    Pain
     
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    Any sane person knew she wasn't going anywhere and this isn't going to do anything to stop the insane. They'll spin it into, "Well yeah, of course he has to say that!" or, "Yeah but she doesn't actually have any power, she's just there as a figurehead".
     
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    I am so happy to get this news. Hopefully it means that we will continue to get SW content that has substance and depth. And not just be actions figures being smashed together which is what the TFM want.

    I didn't think she was being pushed out. But she is her late 60's so I thought she might retire. That being said...the woman looks like a fighter and she probably would rather die before allowing the legion of manbabies and haters get their wish!
     
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    I sometimes like to imagine a world where they did stop at just one.
     
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    Mike Zeroh is the worst you know he is gonna continue to make videos about her being fired even though she isn't lol.
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    The hate is deserved though given all the recent events that have happened.
     
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    OK since this definitely a Star Wars related thread, here is my take. If KK was indeed involved in the firing of a certain actress recently, then I would like to see KK go. I have liked just about all the content that Disney has done related to SW, but, the firing of the actress was very serious IMO. That is all.
     
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    TFM aren't the bad guys they are just some fans who want modern politics out of their entertainment that's it.
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    Indeed it looks bad for both Disney and Lucasfilm just look at the recent comments on the Star Wars social media pages because of what happened recently.
     
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    SOME of the hate is deserved, yeah of course but it depends on how much. Some people loath too easily and too much. A disagreement on something doesn't need to lead to that much.

    I'm upset about Gina being released too but personally hating Katherine Kennedy and wanting her to lose the franchise over it? C,mon now
     
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    Life'd be a lot simpler
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    Especially because it *probably* was a Disney decision not a LFL decision
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    Lol. Star Wars has always been political and always will be.
     
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    Katherine Kennedy is not talented she cheated her way up to the top by associating herself with people more talented than her like George and she lied to George when she said she would honor and protect his characters and universe.
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    Difference is George isn't/wasn't a SJW forcing woke politics down your throat.
     
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    George is a SF valley hippie making movies about America is an imperialistic empire wrongly engaging in conflicts outside of their jurisdiction.
    But sure thing bud. Whatever helps you sleep at night.
     
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    So? my point is he wasn't a SJW not all liberals are woke SJWs
     
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