Kathleen Kennedy Loves The Criticism Of DIsney’s ‘Star Wars’ Films
Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy opened up about her feelings regarding the negative feedback from certain fans.
After being acquired by Disney, Lucasfilm moved forward with plans to produce new Star Wars films under the leadership of newly-appointed president Kathleen Kennedy. Since then, Lucasfilm has released four Star Wars films that have been well-received in most cases and reignited a passion for the franchise with a new generation of fans.
However, not everyone has been pleased with the direction of the franchise, particularly after the divisive creative decisions made in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and a vocal segment of the fanbase has placed the blame primarily on Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy. During an interview with Yahoo Movies at Disney’s D23 Expo, Kathleen Kennedy noted that while some of the negative feedback can be “frustrating,” the team at Lucasfilm generally love hearing what fans have to say about the Star Wars films:
“I frankly love the feedback and frankly the criticism. […] You develop a little bit of an armour, but you learn from that. It’s kind of like having a continual focus group that’s out there telling you things, whether it’s what you want to hear or you don’t want to hear.”
Kathleen Kennedy also assured fans that the filmmakers behind the new Star Wars films are fans themselves and simply trying to make the best movies possible:
“We’re just like the fans out there, we’re just trying to find what’s cool, what’s heartfelt, what’s strong storytelling and so I have to say – within reason – I love the feedback.”
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The main Star Wars saga is set to conclude with the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December. However, Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm will continue to produce new Star Wars projects, including a new trilogy by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and another series by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in theaters on December 19, 2019.