Hot on the heels of some disappointing Star Wars news regarding a certain Rogue Squadron film, we get news that Kathleen Kennedy will head Lucasfilm for another 3 years. Your mileage may vary about this bit of news.
Kathleen Kennedy For 3 More Years of Star Wars
This latest bit of news about Kathleen Kennedy came from Star Wars News Net via Matthew Belloni of Puck Newsletter. According to them, it seems that she renewed her contract with Lucasfilm after it had expired a few weeks ago. The terms of her new contract state that she will now head the Star Wars franchise for another 3 years. Basically: until 2024. And that’s assuming that she won’t pursue another extension at that time. Which in all likelihood, she will.
Admittedly, there is no official confirmation from Lucasfilm about Kathleen Kennedy‘s contract extension…yet. Puck Newsletter doesn’t quite count as an official source. However, we do have a tweet from producer and director Frank Marshall, Kennedy’s husband, in which he retweeted news of her contract extension. If that’s not a credible source, I don’t know who is at this point. Really, all we’re waiting for at this point is official confirmation from Lucasfilm.
Kennedy’s Contract Extension: Good News or Bad?
The news of Kathleen Kennedy extending her Lucasfilm contract is probably going to spark a lot of controversy in general. Not least of which from the very Puck Newsletter report by Matthew Belloni responsible for bringing us the news of her extension in the first place. Apparently, he blames Kennedy entirely for the indefinite delay of Rogue Squadron. Regardless of whether or not that’s true though, is her extension a good idea in general?
True, under her command, we got the Sequel Trilogy. There are no 2 ways about it: they’re shit. They’re even worse than the Prequel Trilogy, and it was all conducted under the command of Kathleen Kennedy.
And yet, under the same command, we also got Rogue One and Solo: 2 of the best Star Wars films in ages. Not only that, but we also got The Mandalorian under her command, which is without question the best Star Wars series ever. Thus, in my personal opinion, I don’t think she deserves all of the hate being directed at her. Yes, she’s messed up. But she has also succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. At the very least, I think we should judge her by her work overall, and not just her failures. But again, this is just my opinion. Your mileage may vary.