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Next Star Wars Movie Announcement Might Come in January; Could Favreau, Rejwan, and Filoni Head Lucasfilm?

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    Yesterday we reported about the future of Star Wars movies and Kathleen Kennedy's future as President of Lucasfilm. A bit more light has been shed on the next Star Wars film and future of Lucasfilm, according to The Hollywood Reporter.







    Untitled Star Wars Film (2022)

    THR is reporting that Kennedy has a director tapped for the next Star Wars film, and that it is not Rian Johnson, though by all recent reports his project is still in discussions/development. An announcement on the next film is not expected until January, as the central focus through the end of the year is The Rise of Skywalker.

    So who could it be? Fans may immediately point to Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who is developing a Star Wars film, though it was revealed yesterday that Kathleen Kennedy said his film is 'a ways off', which doesn't exactly sound like the next in line.



    The Future of Lucasfilm Leadership

    THR also claims via sources, that Jon Favreau could have a big influence over Star Wars creative going forward, a belief likely strengthened over the last two weeks after positive critical and fan reception to The Mandalorian.
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    According to their sources, it sounds like a potential three-headed creative team could very well be formed between recently promoted Michelle Rejwan (Lucasfilm Senior Vice President, Live Action Development and Production), Dave Filoni, and Jon Favreau.

    This makes a lot of sense as it checks a lot of boxes off the list. I know this type of news is sensitive for those that may see it as a pushing out of Kennedy, but any potential situation like this would obviously come upon her departure, which regardless of how it happened, will always be publicized as her personal decision. It also helps that, according to THR, Rejwan and Filoni would be a part of her ideal team to hand the company off to, which I am sure (at least Filoni) would have the blessing of George Lucas as well, for what its worth.



    Okay, with that said, why this lineup makes sense in my humble opinion:



    Michelle Rejwan was a producer for J.J. Abrams' projects dating back to 2011's Super 8. She came along with him to Lucasfilm, and after the massive success of The Force Awakens, she developed a lot of capital of confidence within the company. I have heard a lot of talk about Rejwan and the political side of the business, that weave deeply into the decision making from a hierarchy and content perspective within Lucasfilm and recent Star Wars movies. Based on how things have shaped out over the last two years, it all lines up.



    Jon Favreau has been a Disney gold mine. Not only was he responsible for launching what became the MCU with Iron Man, he has churned out mega-hit after mega-hit, with his titles universally praised by critics and audiences.



    Dave Filoni, George Lucas's protege and Star Wars lore wizard. He is the 'keeper of the mythology' in the opinion of many hardcore Lucas purists. Dave Filoni, in my opinion, is untouchable and a no brainer to keep involved in the creative future of a saga that has no current theatrical creative direction. He preserves ties to the creator and roots of the franchise, which is invaluable.



    It also doesn't hurt that The Mandalorian has been universally praised.



    Are we looking too far ahead? Probably. Kathleen Kennedy has two years remaining on her contract, and will oversee the production and development of the three active streaming series for Disney Plus (The Mandalorian and the untitled Cassian Andor and Kenobi series), as well as putting creatives in place for the first Star Wars film after the Skywalker saga. But a new era of Star Wars is upon us, and if Favreau, Rejwan, and Filoni are the three-headed monster to steer the ship, I'd have a hard time arguing against that lineup.



    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter





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    I would vote for Filoni, as he's close to Lucas and understands the SWU, BUT it would take him away from storytelling...
     
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    I think Filoni has a lot of numbers here. Michelle could be cool too.

    I don't see Favreau directing the next movie, but who knows... Maybe Bayona, or who knows if Trevorrow will have his chance.

    Sorry but for me, I wouldn't add a direcor from Marvel Univers, with the exception of Waititi (although still have not seen his Thor ;P)

    My whishes?

    Dennis Villeneuve
    Robert Zemeckis
    Jeff Nichols
    Joseph Kosinski

    Would love to see again Abrams, Howard or Edwards but seems difficult.


    Great! I thought I could sleep after TROS release date. Now it can not be until January.
     
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    I love what Lucasflm and Kathleen Kennedy have done so far. I would love to see a live action Star Wars movie from Dave Filoni. I love what he's done with the animated series. I think him working with Favreau on The Mandalorian is great for everyone involved. I'd love for Kevin Feige to make a Star Wars movie as well. Last but not least, I think Rian Johnson is an excellent director and wouldn't mind seeing him or JJ direct a Star Wars movie again either. Basically, I'm pretty positive about the direction Star Wars is headed and any combination of people I am hearing about sounds pretty great.

    It's a great time to be a Star Wars fan!
     
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    I'm with you there dude. I seriously love Filoni, and I think he'd be fantastic to "run" LFL, but then as you point out, he'd be out of the storytelling business. Sure, he'd be there for the big picture, but I'm not sure that would be enough. But who knows?

    It's hard for me to say who I'd like to direct, as I think the real important part is the story writing. If Filoni is acting as a "show runner" so to speak, then it should be in good hands. Personally I'd love to see Dave and Jon work up a story together and then co-direct the film.

    For some reason I have a feeling that Kevin Fiege is going to act as a sort of bridge between Kathy and whomever they have come in permanently. Maybe there will be two sides, a monetary side and a creative side and they both report to Kevin? Who knows. I'm just spitballing ideas here.

    Oh, for director: Christopher Nolan. I know he'd probably never come over and do a Star Wars film, but I'd love to see him do one anyway.

    I don't wanna bash Kathy, but the interview in Rolling Stone she did recently actually made me wonder a lot about her. I realize the interviewer could have cut her responses down, but saying LFL had no books and no comics to draw upon when making the sequel trilogy? Seriously????

    Anyway, I have a feeling January 2020 will be an interesting month.
     
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    Feloni would be great choice for OB1 movie.
     
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    Kathleen's done a much better job than people give her credit for, as the high level of these productions are mostly down to her dedication. The practical effects, the organisation of the productions.. that's all on Kathleen.

    Make Favreau, Lucas and Michael Arndt the head script consultants. Let the three of them together have the ability to override Kathleen AND the braintrust on story decisions.. as plot/dialogue has been the only problem for these movies. Half of TLJ's problems were down to Rian having too much space to write, and not having a proper screenwriter (ahem, Michael Arndt) or a "loremaster" (ahem, Lucas or Filoni) overlooking his work.
     
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    I think there are some things here that I agree with, especially the second part of what you said. I definitely think that they should have had a better "braintrust" so to speak. Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau would be ideal. They REALLY get it. It is obvious, that especially in Dave's case, he is a major fan and knows a ton about the IP and really does "get" what Star Wars is. He doesn't need to have a conversation about what is the heart of Star Wars. He totally understands it.

    Where I disagree is the idea that the productions "high level" of quality is simply down to KK. I think the people working on these films have done an amazing job of making them look and sound fantastic. I might dislike TLJ for what Rian did, and I might dislike TFA for being too derivative, but I will never take way from them their quality of sound and the cinematography.

    In that interview KK did with Rollingstone she said stuff that just reinforces my belief she wasn't the right person for the job. She might be good with production budgets and time management, but for the head of Lucasfilm to say "We don't have comics and 800 page novels" to draw from is just insane. To say Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was the second part of a trilogy is just wrong. It was a prequel. She is obviously not a fan of these films, and that is ok. She doesn't need to be. But she should know the film she is working on is a prequel. She should know the company she runs had a backlog of EU material on which to draw, especially seeing as how Rian Johnson drew on it for the whole force projection move Luke did at the end of TLJ.

    If this was a one time slip of the tongue, I'd be alright with it. But there was an interview sometime in 2015 where she looked quite uncomfortable talking about what the original Star Wars film meant to her. It appeared to me she wasn't a fan. Again, no problem. I don't expect KK to be reading The New Jedi Order or the Thrawn Trilogy. But she ought to use the resources at her disposal.

    I didn't mean for this to be a bash Kathy post. But I for one am ready to see how they restructure LFL after episode IX comes out.
     
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    I dont believe you have a 3 headed monster run LFL. Yes they are 3 talented monsters, but you have someone above them. You could have 1 person above them and that could simply continue to be KK or someone else. I dont believe either of them are experienced enough to lead LFL.
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    You know very well what she mean by the comics and novels part. Star Wars not like Harry Potter, MCU, LOTR, DC and others is driven by the films and now TV. It isnt driven by taking books and comics and adapting them. You wont see that.. It is the opposite the books, comics, etc. are driven by the films. In other franchises the books and comics establish the basis for canon. In Star Wars it is the films and TV.
     
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    I've heard the argument that neither Jon or Dave are experienced enough to lead LFL, but I disagree with that. Kevin Feige had little experience when he took over Marvel Studios, and that turned out alright. Certainly that was lightning in a bottle and you don't get that often. But Jon is a seasoned director and Dave really understands the property. Have KK run the money side and one of them run the creative side. Or someone else besides KK. But I don't think the lack of experience in and of itself should be a something that automatically disqualifies them.
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    AND THIS is what I meant when I said in cawatroopers post about how to get along that we all need to think about how we address others in the forum as they can't see you. I don't know what she "meant," and telling me YOU know what I know and don't know is probably not conducive to a good discussion.

    But here is what she said, word for word. I'll also link the article. "There is no source material. We don't have comic books. We don't have 800 page novels." Uh, okay. Sure. Four decades worth of comics and books don't count. Personally I think this is a dig at Kevin F. and/or B&W, maybe both. Especially that last comment, although Martin's novels are far longer than 800 pages.

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    Sorry, but common sense is Kathleen Kennedy is stating what we already know. Star Wars was created by George Lucas and the EU although it had lots of fun stuff (and some awful) was never what drove Star Wars. Those books never drove the franchise. Did they keep the heartbeat? Yes. Do you honestly believe that Kathleen Kennedy doesnt know books and comics are being created and were created. Come on. Lets think with some common sense.
     
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    Ok. So I'm just stupid I guess. I tell ya what Keith: perhaps you should just block me cause for some reason it's obvious you can't have an adult conversation without passive aggressive insults. Peace out dude.
     
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    I am not making anything personal. I didnt even pay attention to who posted the comments. Can I ask do you believe that Kathleen Kennedy is unaware that LFL has published numerous books and comics in the Star Wars franchise?

    Honestly we have to get past false outrage. Do people believe someone as incredibly successful as Kathleen Kennedy is so stupid that she doesnt know that LFL publishes books and comics for the franchise she runs. Or was she making a different point. Star Wars stories start with films, not with books. Thats how it has always been and likely that is how it will always be.
     
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    That's why you'll notice I said at some point that I think this was a bit of a dig at B&W and/or Kevin Feige. Less of a dig at KF and certainly a dig at B&W.

    However, my "outrage" (I'm not actually outraged just shocked kind of) is that it dismisses the work of a LOT of people, many of whom worked pretty hard on that stuff. I admit some of it was, to be honest blah. Some was pretty darn fantastic. And I'd bet some of the people who worked on it might still be employed at LFL in some capacity. So to dismiss it? Kind of crappy.

    I also said, at some point, I'd blow over that comment. EXCEPT she also said Temple of Doom was the Empire of the Indy franchise. Seriously? I didn't make any of those films, but it's a prequel so the example doesn't hold up.

    Was she just talking and not really thinking? Probably. But I expect the head of LFL, which is developing a new Indy film (at least I thought they were) to get that right.

    I will end with this: I personally never ever expected them to make the books or comics into films. Not in a million years. I did, however, think they'd mine the EU. Which they are doing. But don't dismiss it like that and don't act like it never existed. Anyway, this was longer than I intended. :)
     
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