4. Kathleen Kennedy, can you please hire a director that isn’t a non-white male and steer the “Star Wars” franchise out of the toxicity? Ever since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, and with it, the entire “Star Wars” universe, there hasn’t been very much to complain about. Up until 2018, every move that studio boss Kathleen Kennedy made seemed to be the right choice. Films were breaking records, spin-offs were doing well, and all was right. Then, 2018 came and with it, the first time that “Star Wars” looked painfully vulnerable. Toxic fans took over the social media conversation, terrorizing actors and filmmakers. ‘Solo’ produced the lowest box office numbers in franchise history. And sure-thing spin-off projects were put on the backburner.
Now, in 2019, we have a TV series to look forward to, with “The Mandalorian,” and the trilogy-ending “Star Wars: Episode IX.” How about we move into the future with a new direction? Lucasfilm can do that in a variety of ways, not least of which by hiring some diverse filmmakers to take the reins on a film project. Sure, there’s some women and non-white men working as directors on “The Mandalorian,” but when will Kathleen Kennedy stop relying on the old white men she feels comfortable with and give someone else a shot? Look at Patty Jenkins, Ryan Coogler, and James Wan. These are filmmakers breaking records and taking risks. I mean, it couldn’t hurt, given how far the brand has fallen in the last 365 days.