The Hollywood Reporter has published a story indicating that Kathleen Kennedy will be sticking around for 3 long years.
The move is a vote of confidence in Kennedy, who took command of Lucasfilm after Disney’s $4 billion acquisition from George Lucas in 2012 and has overseen the relaunch of Star Wars, one of the most revered movie properties in cinematic history.
Now we know why Bob Iger was falling on his sword, and taking the blame for Kathleen Kennedy’s failings about a week ago. He was clearing the air and preparing the way for this announcement.
This is why I didn’t implicitly trust statements of those who claimed to have inside sources as totally accurate information. Inside source doesn’t automatically translate into accuracy. This is why I don’t cite those who say, “I have an inside source, but I can’t divulge what they’re telling me” which is really a non-comment anyway.
What bothers me most about all of this, is the fact that we already had the information that should have made everyone skeptical of inside sources.
A thread at milleniumfalcon.com from 2015, detailed a history of Jason Ward from MakingStarWars.net, and efforts to feed false spoilers from Star Wars productions to rival websites including Star Wars News Net in an effort to discredit them. Everyone is super busy and time is at a premium for everyone, but that thread was posted publicly on Twitter and available to all.
Now, I’m not saying that Jason Ward or MakingStarWars.net is responsible for the insider information in this particular instance. But Jason Ward is only one SJW. There are thousands more out there who will use these same tactics if Mr. Ward doesn’t. I strongly recommend that all inside sources be treated as highly suspect moving forward.
Regardless, any concerns about The Fandom Menace losing steam should be put to rest. The goal of feeding false information about Kathleen Kennedy’s departure was to appease The Fandom Menace and get them to relax and quiet down. They do this in politics too, when Democrats will release a poll to the media showing that the Republican candidate will win, in order to get Republicans to stay home on voting day, confident in the notion that their candidate will win. Meantime, the Democrats get their base fired up and to the voting booth with the same poll.
But in this instance, the announcement of Kathleen Kennedy’s contract extension will inject new vitality into The Fandom Menace, propelling the boycott of Episode IX to potentially a far greater scope than the boycott for Solo.
As far as the general audience is concerned, most of this will go entirely unnoticed. As I’ve stated previously, I believe that the bulk of the people staying home for Solo was the general audience rather than boycotters, due to the crappy nature of The Last Jedi. There just wasn’t enough interest to bring them back for more. And there will likely be even less interest to bring them back for Episode IX.
In any case, the biggest challenge that The Fandom Menace faces right now is keeping the fan infighting down to a bare minimum.
Here’s something else though for everyone to consider.
The news of Kathleen Kennedy’s contract extension was released on a late Friday afternoon. In the political world, when you have to release a news story but want it to vanish quickly, you release it late Friday afternoon because that’s when the weekly news cycle ends. Stories released on late Friday afternoon rarely carry over through the weekend. When you want a news story to have real legs, you release it early Monday so that it sticks around throughout the entire weekly news cycle.
So why would Disney want news of Kathleen Kennedy’s contract extension to vanish quickly?
Below are a variety of perspectives on this story: