WHY YOU CAN'T BLAME LUCASFILM FOR BEING PICKY WHEN IT COMES TO THE FUTURE OF THE STAR WARS FRANCHISE.
It has been a somewhat tumultuous year for Lucasfilm. In production terms, execution of future instalments of the Star Wars universe have been what some may describe as 'troubled'. Right now, there is a lot of media attention surrounding both Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy, regarding the departure of yet another director from a Star Wars project.
The sudden dismissal of Colin Trevorrow from Star Wars : Episode IX, comes not long after the shock announcement earlier this summer, that Phil Lord & Chris Miller had been removed from Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. Rewind a year, and Lucasfilm was again hitting headlines, when it was revealed that Gareth Edwards' Star Wars standalone 'Rogue One', required extensive reshoots and a new editor to step on board to work alongside Edwards, overseeing the final cut of the film. As it happens, 'Rogue One', the first of several planned anthology films set outside of the traditional saga episodes, was both a critical and box office success, succeeding the nervous expectations of fans.
However, people have begun to question exactly what is going on behind studio doors. Have mega-studio's Disney and Lucasfilm merged to create their OWN Empire? Has democracy been abolished at the hand of Emperor Kennedy?
Some have suggested that this shows an unwillingness from Lucasfilm to allow license for freedom or risk taking from their creative team. The reality is, the stakes are just way too high for any of these movies to be a flop. I don't think it's a question of Lucasfilm not wanting to allow creative freedom, otherwise they wouldn't have opened up the opportunity for these films to be directed by non-mainstream directors in the first place.
The obvious thing would have been to hire Hollywood veterans right from the start. It simply comes down to Star Wars being too precious a property to mess up and not get exactly right, not just from a financial point of view, but for the legions of fans that live and die the franchise and have made it what it is today. (PART 1/3)