So Rolling Stone published an interview with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy the other day, and the opening paragraph must be read to be believed.
Interviewer Brian Hiatt asked Kennedy, "Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was slated to write and direct Episode IX before you brought J.J. Abrams back in. Is this final entry in the trilogy a particularly hard nut to crack?" Her answer:
Emphasis mine.Kathleen Kennedy wrote:Every one of these movies is a particularly hard nut to crack. There’s no source material. We don’t have comic books. We don’t have 800-page novels. We don’t have anything other than passionate storytellers who get together and talk about what the next iteration might be.
So. Yeah. Compared to, say, comic book movies, Star Wars movies are harder to write because there's no existing source material to draw on. She really, honestly said that.
And to be fair, I'm sure she's right. I mean, it's not like there was 20+ years of published material by highly accomplished, distinguished authors and creators that they decided to arbitrarily broom in its entirety when they took over the company, or anything like that. It's gotta be tough.
Okay, let's cut the bullshit now. This woman is a complete embarrassment and a disgrace. She's an ideologically-driven hack, which might be excusable were she not also a staggeringly incompetent airhead who has no idea what she's doing, and as supporting evidence for that I direct you to the production of every Star Wars movie after Rogue One. The development of Solo was such a legendary train wreck that it's nothing short of a miracle that anything remotely viewable came out on the other side (and for the record, I don't think it was a terrible movie). Both in that case and now with The Rise of Skywalker, they hired unqualified directors only to fire and replace them well into production for one reason or another. The developers of Game of Thrones just walked away from a planned trilogy Lucasfilm wanted them to make -- not just one movie, but an entire trilogy of movies. And you'll notice I haven't even mentioned that other movie, though on that note, Rian Johnson's public statements about his own long-planned trilogy have grown increasingly vague, evasive and self-contradictory of late. Disney's Bob Iger has also announced that theatrical Star Wars movies would be going on "hiatus" after the release of TRoS, for an undetermined period.
So yeah, go read the entire interview for yourself. 'Cause if you think I just cherrypicked the worst of it...you'll quickly find out, I didn't.