is eager to fire and replace Kathleen Kennedy over her disastrous
handling of the Star
Wars franchise, reports Grace Randolph of Beyond
left-leaning trades –Deadline, the Hollywood
Reporter, and Variety,
etc. — continue to willfully drop the ball when it comes to
intelligent and honest reporting on Disney’s imploding Star
Wars franchise. This means their readers cannot
trust them for accurate and objective information. If a single one of
these outlets has shown the moral courage to accurately reporting on the
fan revolt against the left-wing turn the franchise has taken with
Kennedy at the wheel, I missed it.
Kennedy’s politics are the whole enchilada, are the primary reason the
most loyal fans in fandom are in full rebellion, and why The
Last Jedi is now seen as the Batman
vs. Superman of the Star
Wars universe — meaning the movie that was
still a hit but soured everyone on the franchise.
Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger (L) and Producer
Kathleen Kennedy attend The World Premiere of Lucasfilm’s highly
anticipated, first-ever, standalone Star Wars adventure, “Rogue One:
A Star Wars Story” at the Pantages Theatre on December 10, 2016 in
Hollywood, California. (Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
is worth noting, though, that Last
Jedi under-performed big time. Yes, $1.3
billion worldwide is serious cash, but its predecessor, The
Force Awakens, grossed $2.1 billion.
vs. Superman burned the fans, Justice
League tanked; and
after Jedi burned
the fans, Solo was
the way, Solo is
a much bigger flop than Justice
League, and by a country mile. Solo has
out at $203 million domestic and a devastating
$354 million worldwide. Justice
domestic and a fairly healthy $658 million worldwide.
sputters in takeoff with $83.3M at box office. In this image
released by Lucasfilm, Alden Ehrenreich, right, and Joonas Suotamo
appear in a scene from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Jonathan
Olley/Lucasfilm via AP)
Glover in Solo: A Star Wars Story (Disney, 2018)
look at the entertainment media, look at their abysmal reporting on this
massive story, look at how their personal politics and desire to suck up
to all things Disney has resulted in wish-casting instead of journalism
as they intentionally ignore the real reason behind the implosion of the
most iconic franchise in Hollywood history.
so, because we know the trades are compromised and dishonest, we are
forced to look for reporting in the alternative media, which is where we
learned things are so bad at Lucasfilm, the standalone features once in
active development are now
on hold or canceled. Either way, that report is almost a week old
and Disney has not uttered a single word of pushback.
the heels of that report comes the news that Disney is freaking out over
the mind-boggling failure of Solo,
a failure made all the more terrifying by that pathetic worldwide, and
now Kathleen Kennedy’s job is on the line.
to Randolph (you can watch her video report here and
read a written version here),
Disney chief Bob Iger held a super-secret conference call with all the
hotshots at Lucasfilm. Guards were posted at the doors to prevent leaks.
Also on the call were the big shots from Pixar and Marvel.
this image released by Lucasfilm, Alden Ehrenreich and Joonas
Suotamo appear in a scene from “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” in
theaters on May 25. (Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm via AP)
image released by Lucasfilm shows Daisy Ridley as Rey in “Star Wars:
The Last Jedi.” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is off to a death
star-sized start at the box office. (Lucasfilm via AP)
the call, Iger reportedly admitted he wants to dump Kennedy but is stuck
with her for two reasons: 1) half of the Lucasfilm division is loyal to
her and 2) no one wants the job. J.J. Abrams (who directed the Force
Awakens and the upcoming Episode
IX) turned the job down flat. Apparently, no one wants to deal
with Kennedy’s hardcore loyalists and no one wants to take the wheel of
also reports that Disney is fully aware of the real problem.
Kennedy was never a Star
Wars fan, she resented that it was targeted at
boys, and decided to blow up what worked (which she hated) and remake
the franchise into a politicized female empowerment vehicle aimed at
Social Justice Warriors.
result, though, is that her strident politics turned off the true fans.
Meanwhile, Social Justice Warriors don’t buy enough toys (sales are
waaaay down), and selling toys is supposed to be a no-brainer rainmaker
every bit as lucrative as the films.
Disney has figured out, according to Randolph, is that Kennedy’s utterly
stupid decision to inject her divisive politics into what is supposed to
be a fantasy movie, a two hour trip to another galaxy far, far away, has
turned the most four-quadrant of
four-quadrant movies into something that is not only ignoring two of
those quadrants (kids and the older fans) but alienating them — which is
death to any product.
Kennedy’s side is the fact she has been a very successful producer for
decades and that three of her four Star
Wars films have made a ton of money. But the
same is true of the DC franchise. Man
of Steel, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Batman
vs. Superman all made a ton of money. The only
flop is Justice
League, which still made almost twice as much as Solo.
despite four hits and just one flop, everyone knows the DC brand is in
deep trouble, and no one is afraid to talk about it because the problem
is a creative one.
Wars is different because the problem is
political. No one wants to talk about the problem (except during
super-secret, heavily guarded conference calls) because no one — and
this includes Disney and the left-wing entertainment media — has the
maturity to publicly admit that pushing a left-wing political agenda has
been so rejected it is killing what everyone believed was the most
durable and bulletproof brand in all of movies.
now has two big problems on its hands. The first is Episode
IX, the final chapter in this latest trilogy. According to
Randolph, Kennedy has no say in the movie. Abrams has assumed full
creative control, but Kennedy’s fingerprints are all over the script,
which was finalized before Disney figured out she is killing the golden
second problem is that with the standalone movies dead (Obi Wan Kenobi,
Boba Fett, etc.), if the franchise is going to live on, it must do so
through a new trilogy. Well, guess who Kennedy has already been put in
charge of that? Rian Johnson, the misguided creator of franchise killer The
Wars has already lost its most compelling
characters: Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader.
Does anyone honestly believe Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega)
and their blander than bland characters can carry a franchise like Star
Wars? No way.
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