Kathleen Kennedy isn’t going anywhere; Lucasfilm renews contract

Kathleen Kennedy, the award-winning producer, has added three more years to her current deal with the Hollywood juggernaut.

Kathleen Kennedy, the world-renowned film producer who has served as President of Lucasfilm since 2012, has renewed her contract for another three years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kennedy has been the head honcho of the company since George Lucas sold it to Disney six years ago. Under her watch, Lucasfilm has released four Star Wars films as well as the TV shows Star Wars Rebels and the upcoming Star Wars Resistance.

While Kennedy’s tenure has been somewhat controversial among the fan base, nobody can deny the box office numbers that she has helped produce. The Force Awakens, which was well-received by the fans, grossed a total of $2.068 billion throughout its run in theaters. The Last Jedi divided the fan base, but still made $1.33 billion.

The two spin-off movies that Kennedy has produced, Rogue One and Solo, have both been popular among the Star Wars fandom; Rogue One, however, was far more successful financially, raking in about $1.06 billion compared to the $392.8 million that Solo made.

Of course, the days of Kennedy and Lucasfilm pumping out Star Wars flicks are far from over. The upcoming release schedule is packed, with the untitled Star WarsEpisode IX taking the spotlight (due for release in December 2019). Other notable projects include The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s trilogy–which will move away from the familiar Skywalker saga–and a set of films written and produced by Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. Also due for release is Jon Favreau’s live-action television series, which will debut on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service.

While some fans may have mixed reactions to Kennedy’s contract renewal, one thing is for certain: business will continue to boom for Lucasfilm.

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