Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy opened up about her feelings regarding the negative feedback from certain fans.
After being acquired by Disney, Lucasfilm moved forward with plans to produce new Star Wars films under the leadership of newly-appointed president Kathleen Kennedy. Since then, Lucasfilm has released four Star Wars films that have been well-received in most cases and reignited a passion for the franchise with a new generation of fans.
However, not everyone has been pleased with the direction of the franchise, particularly after the divisive creative decisions made in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and a vocal segment of the fanbase has placed the blame primarily on Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy. During an interview with Yahoo Movies at Disney’s D23 Expo, Kathleen Kennedy noted that while some of the negative feedback can be “frustrating,” the team at Lucasfilm generally love hearing what fans have to say about the Star Wars films:
“I frankly love the feedback and frankly the criticism. […] You develop a little bit of an armour, but you learn from that. It’s kind of like having a continual focus group that’s out there telling you things, whether it’s what you want to hear or you don’t want to hear.”
Kathleen Kennedy also assured fans that the filmmakers behind the new Star Wars films are fans themselves and simply trying to make the best movies possible:
“We’re just like the fans out there, we’re just trying to find what’s cool, what’s heartfelt, what’s strong storytelling and so I have to say – within reason – I love the feedback.”
How do you feel about the direction of the Star Wars films under Kathleen Kennedy’s leadership? Are you excited to see what Kathleen Kennedy and the rest of the Lucasfilm team have planned for the future of the Star Wars franchise? Lets us know in the comments section below!
The main Star Wars saga is set to conclude with the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December. However, Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm will continue to produce new Star Wars projects, including a new trilogy by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and another series by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in theaters on December 19, 2019.
Henry Cavill’s ‘The Witcher’ Debuts New Poster & First Look Photos
Netflix has released a brand new poster for the Henry Cavill series The Witcher along with a slew of first look photos.
A stunning poster for the upcoming Netflix series The Witcher made its debut this morning, featuring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. In addition, Netflix also dropped the first official photos of Anya Cholatra as Yennefer and Freya Allan as Ciri as well as two more stills that offer fans a fresh look at Geralt.
You can check out the poster below and the new photos in the gallery by clicking "Next."
Based on the fantasy series of novels and short stories by Andrzej Sapkowski, Netflix’s The Witcher will follow the monster slayer for hire named Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill). Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich will also serve as an executive producer on the series while Alik Sakharov, Alex Garcia Lopez and Charlotte Brändström are on board as directors for the eight-episode first season.
Here is the official synopsis for The Witcher:
Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan as Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson as Eist, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Aretuza, and Millie Brady as Princess Renfri, with Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read as novice sorcerers.
The Witcher will be available on Netflix in late 2019. Stay tuned for the latest updates on the upcoming Netflix series.