With all the Star Wars directorial upheaval recently, it’s become a bit of a knee-jerk response to cast doubt on the stewardship of the franchise under Kathleen Kennedy. And sure, there’s a case to be made that it’s natural to have those kinds of reactions. Statistically, it’s rather unusual, what we’re going through here with all the directors being removed recently.
I’m a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, and the Dodgers have lost 10 of their last 11 games. When you consider that they only lost 10 in the 60 games prior, you could start to freak out a bit. But you also have to remember that the odds don’t favor an utter and complete crash and burn. The Dodgers are still overwhelming the favorite to win their division, regardless of the most recent 11 games.
The same could be said of Kathleen Kennedy and her recent directorial choices. If you’re having doubts, you can easily see how, based on her track record, you have no need to panic. You don’t need a lot of reasons to justify the calm. Maybe eight of them. That would be the number of Academy Award nominations Kathleen Kennedy has to her personal credit.
You could also consider the fact that she wasn’t even 30 years old when Steven Spielberg co-founded a production company with her, Amblin Entertainment.
And you could also note that, as far as the box office receipts go, her body of work is the second highest grossing set of movies domestically, and third worldwide. (Since you’ll ask: Kevin Feige is #1 in both, and David Heyman of the Harry Potter movies is #2 worldwide.)
All that and more, discussed in the podcast today. 🙂