22 Jul 2020 11:34 AM +00:00 UTC

George Lucas Reportedly Set to Step In to Save Star Wars

Lucasfilm's Star Wars sequel trilogy may have been a commercial success earning more than $4.4 billion at the worldwide box office, however, Disney's new Star Wars films haven't entirely been successful.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi may have received critical acclaim during its release, however, Rian Johnson's follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens easily became a divisive entry with traditional fans lambasting the film's attempts at subverting Star Wars tropes. Solo: A Star Wars Story became the first Star Wars movie to flop at the box office. Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a film that was supposed to serve as the closing chapter of the Skywalker saga, ended the Skywalker story with a sputter. Not only did the film receive fewer earnings than its predecessors but it also received mixed reviews from fans and critics.

Because of these issues, fans have been hoping to see major changes at Lucasfilm. Over the past few months, there have been multiple reports saying that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy would be leaving the studio, and while these rumors have yet to be confirmed, new reports regarding the studio's internal affairs continue to circulate online.

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According to a new report by the Overlord DVD YouTube channel,Star Wars creator George Lucas may be returning to Lucasfilm. The Star Wars channel says that Kennedy is set to leave Lucasfilm to join J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production company. Lucas is reportedly going to step in to help save the Star Wars franchise.

"Disney and Kathleen Kennedy have come to an arrangement and Kathleen Kennedy will soon be departing from LucasFilm. Indeed, in practical terms, she is already effectively out," Overlord DVD says.

Reports like these, of course, are a dime a dozen. Lucasfilm has not made any sort of announcement regarding Kennedy's retirement. Of course, we all know that Kennedy's contract is ending after 2021, so we'll have to wait and see what kind of changes will be made to the studio by then.

The Skywalker saga is available for streaming on Disney+.

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