The iconic producer and head of the production house renowned for Star Wars has renewed her contract through to 2021, a person close to the negotiations informed Variety. This comes after a difficult year for the brand under her leadership.
There was no comment from the studio on the news about the renewal.
The renewal took place while the production house is getting back on solid ground after the disastrous “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The Han Solo spinoff starring Alden Ehrenreich had fared poorly at the box office earlier this summer, and there was some behind-the-scenes chaos after the studio fired the directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, when the film was well into production. Ron Howard replaced them, and he was given the responsibility of completing the expensive solo movie (which cost the studio a minimum of $250 million).
After the debacle, Kennedy had to go through a rare situation where the industry observers and audiences all over the world, speculated about her future. A lot of negativity also came her way.
Kennedy had left a position at the long-term successful production brand that she had co-founded with her husband Frank Marshall to take over the controls from George Lucas in 2012. Later in that year, Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion, and Lucas still remains a co-chair and CEO of the company.
Since then, we have seen Kennedy imprint on every film that came out, including the legendary Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One directed by Gareth Edwards, and the highly polarizing Rian Johnson film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
There was a slate of spinoff films including a potential Boba Fett solo film, and it has now been discarded. She is now focused on creating a new main trilogy starting with Star Wars: Episode IX which is directed by J.J. Abrams.
In her illustrious career, Kennedy has received eight Academy Award nominations for Best Picture as a producer, including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
News about Kathleen Kennedy’s new deal was first shared by THR.