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Report: Kevin Feige WONT Replace Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm, Rian Johnsons Trilogy Will Proceed as Planned

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    A certain rumor from a notoriously-unreliable source has made the rounds suggesting that Kathleen Kennedy is on thin ice and that they're looking for a replacement from the other studio heads, with Kevin Feige being the most likely one. Now, Peter Scrietta of Slashfilm has authored a piece explicitly debunking this, along with dispelling any suggestion that Rian Johnson's trilogy is getting cancelled.





    The 'Rumor' That Instigated The Report



    I'm not going to link to their video because they don't deserve the attention, but the person who came up with the original report has had it out for Disney ever since one of their subsidiaries terminated their contract to work for them. This person notoriously started the ridiculous conspiracy that Disney pressures people in the press to sabotage competing movie studios to increase profits on Disney films (ignoring that Disney were unable to keep The Los Angeles Times quiet over so much as a spat related to unfavorable reporting on Disney's theme parks, and that this would be much more complex an operation). More recently, this person blamed Kelly Marie Tran for her own harassment on the internet - that speaks volumes about the kind of person they are and exactly why I'm not going to give this person's videos any traffic.



    But this person's 'inside scoop' that seems to be spreading in specific circles suggests that Bob Iger, unhappy with the Star Wars franchise since The Last Jedi hit theaters, held a meeting with top brass from Lucasfilm at Pinewood Studios, along with representatives from other Disney subsidiaries like Marvel Studios and Pixar, to let Kennedy know that she was on thin ice and that, while she would keep her job through the release of Star Wars Episode IX, she would be encouraged to resign afterward. The big problem with firing her now is that apparently no executive is wanting to do this - although, with Kevin Feige apparently attending the meeting, he could be one candidate to replace her. One name explicitly mentioned by this person was J. J. Abrams, which would imply that he'd have to leave Bad Robot to take over Lucasfilm. The meeting was apparently held in a soundproof room with security guards around it to keep anything from leaking out.





    Why It's Full Of Crap



    Here's what's wrong about the 'rumor' that this person is pushing: literally every single thing about it.



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    Firstly, Pinewood Studios is simply where the movies are filmed. It's not even a Disney-exclusive studio, as Sony's James Bond movies are regularly filmed there, and everything from Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight and Universal's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to Warner Bros.'s Me Before You and 20th Century Fox's Victor Frankenstein have filmed there. Any and all Lucasfilm-related meetings would happen either at Lucasfilm's HQ in San Francisco or at Disney's HQ in Los Angeles, and the only people who would know if Kathleen Kennedy was leaving would be Bob Iger and Kathleen Kennedy, who would keep any and all information on this level as secret as possible. That alone is a big enough tip-off that we're dealing with a fake rumor right off the bat, but it only gets crazier from here.



    See, apparently Marvel Studios and Pixar were there as well! You know, the same Pixar that just had a mix-up at the highest level due to John Lasseter's departure from the company over sexual harassment and would be unlikely to lose the execs they just hired to take his place! The same Marvel Studios that's busy planning nine years of movies after Avengers 4 which Kevin Feige will almost certainly oversee! How convenient that they're both at a studio where, once again, they'd be filming instead of making creative decisions! How convenient that someone happens to get a super-duper-secret scoop from an alleged meeting that was designed to prevent super-duper-secret scoops! And how convenient that absolutely nobody in Hollywood wants the job of making friggin' Star Wars! Seriously, STAR WARS!



    I could go on, but let's get back to the reason we're here: Slashfilm debunked it.





    Kevin Feige Explicitly Denies He's Replacing Anyone; Johnson's Movies Are Safe And Sound



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    Scrietta asked Kevin Feige about whether or not he had any plans to do Star Wars after Avengers 4. His response was pretty conclusive:
    So yeah - even though he's a big fan he's not interested in running the show. Lord knows that Feige will probably be involved with the production of Marvel movies until the day he croaks at this point (provided he updates his contract, which supposedly expires this year unless Marvel's snagged him for another decade or so, which they've probably done already), so I'm sure he'll be content to make Star Wars movies with action figures in his spare time.



    Scrietta's report also states that Disney and Lucasfilm alike were happy with The Last Jedi before, during, and after its release and that any backlash in response to the movie will not affect the continued development of the spin-offs that Rian Johnson will write and produce. As he's said before, he currently only has commitments to film the first film, and the other two may be handled by other directors.





    So How Long Will Kathleen Kennedy Stay At Lucasfilm?



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    Obviously, though, Kennedy will not be President of Lucasfilm forever, and she'll have to select a successor eventually. There's no question that she will stick around through the end of production on Star Wars Episode IX. However, we should probably take things a step further and say that she'll stick around through at least the release of Indiana Jones 5, since that movie would partner her with her husband Frank Marshall and her longtime collaborator Steven Spielberg. Whether or not she'll make more Lucasfilm movies after that is uncertain, but as of right now, we should be able to say with confidence that she'll be involved with Lucasfilm until at least the end of next year, plus however long it takes to make Harrison Ford's fifth and final Indiana Jones movie.





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    Can't believe some of these rumours were taken seriously enough to require debunking... I've seen some of it float around, but it came across as total bs immediately. And some movie news websites (international too) eat it all up and spread false information like it was reported by THR...

    "Disney unhappy with Han's and Luke's death", "LFL/Pixar/Marvel high council" - give me a f-ing break.
     
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    It's clickbait. Especially for people, who are fighting a war against Kathleen Kennedy and her SJW minions in their heads.
     
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    Was that really a thing?! Is there are body of fans so angry that Han was killed off they make up that Disney are angry too? (and I'm not accusing you @srg of making anything up. I'm just dumbfounded by their ridiculousness.)

    Do they not even realise that Harrison Ford only agreed to be in Force Awakens BECASUE Han was getting killed off? That will have been the deal Disney did with him to get him back in the first place. So how can Disney be angry about it?

    Ford doesn't want to be in Star Wars. He wasn't going to stay for the whole trilogy. "I like the direction they're taking my character" is what he said on the confirmation he would be in it. I'm not sure what other people thought, but it was obvious to me what that inferred.

    Anyway, it's a bit off topic I guess, but I just wanted to get that out of my system. :)
     
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    Yeah, I read this on a non-English website in an article based on the rumours in question. It's totally ludicrous, but you know... These websites have an audience and they're feeding them with stuff like this. "Apparently Disney realises that they shouldn't have let Han Solo and Luke Skywalker die" is the exact quote. Yeah, right... I'm sure Disney cares...

    True, that's often the case, but not always. Sometimes pseudo-journalists, bloggers or whatever use everything they can to support their own view on what's going on with Star Wars. If they hate the new movies, they will produce tendentious, negative articles.
     
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    So, ... wait ...

    **whispers to self, but loud enough for others to hear**

    Kevin's gonna make a Star War in his back yard ... ?
    I wanna see that, Do we get ta see that ??

    **turns to his nearby Cantina friends**
    Do we get ta see that ??
    - - - -
    Funny but plumb Dumb at the same time, watchin' folks go outta their own way to go an' Get in Their own way
    and then ... get debunked.

    Disney din't do this to ya (them).
    LucasFilm din't do this to ya (them).

    You did this to yer' own self.
    An' all it did was make our Fandom look bad.
     
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    Can you link the video that was talking about Kevin Feige replacing Kennedy? Because I have heard literally none of the usual suspects ever comment that Feige was going to replace Kennedy, only that they thought she was on the way out. It strikes me as a manipulation (strawman) of a person's rumor, in order to discredit it on the face of it.
     
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    I'm surprised, but rather unsurprised, by the amount of people who are saying "nO wAy DoEs tHaT rIaN jOhNsOn TrIlOgY gEt MaDe NoW" in the comments section of the article after it was clear that one, the studio likes him, two, Disney's CEO likes him, and three, they're not pandering to what fans want when they make these decisions. It feels like a clear case of Facts < Feels and general wishful thinking.
    Technically the video in question didn't specifically mention Kevin Feige at all. However, it was implied by the whole "meeting-of-Disney's-corporate-heads" thing, and it served as a way to set up his statements about how he's all-in with Marvel.

    I'm not saying that Kathleen Kennedy won't look for an exit strategy at some point. That's what my last paragraph was all about. However, the purpose of this article was to specifically point out that the Grace Randolph rumor was hilariously fake and inaccurate, and that it's ridiculous that it received any traction at all.
     
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    I just wish people would cease pretending that Igor and the rest if the brass at Disney have been blindsided and such ridiculousness and general tomfoolery.

    Especially Last Jedi. The movie was essentially in the can almost a whole year and the track record is clear that if management doesn't like the way one of these films is going they will intervene no matter the cost or level of disruption much less with the time Johnson left.

    I'll go so far as to say it is more likely Johnson was following marching orders than that he was in any way going rogue. It isn't contextually plausible at all.

    You want to blowback? Fine and dandy but you better take that stuff to the top.

    They know a "faarrrr Bob Iger" crusade is an utter joke so instead they strap on the tinfoil helms and gin up conspiracy theories that allow them to avoid the elephant in the room, Iger isn't on their side.
     
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    Everything going on right now is so beyond ridiculous that I found it necessary to coin a new word to describe it: phantasmadiculous.
     
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    What's great here is the root etymology.

    Loosely:
    To make visible, the mocking laughter.
    or
    Made visible by mocking laughter.

    Ha!

    Cheers,
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    I have to say, that, despite of my name, I have nothing to do with this.
     
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    Found a beautiful illustration to the whole issue:

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