- By TVweb | Jun 1, 2012
The 58-year-old Kathleen Kennedy has served as producer alongside both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg on such blockbusters as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Goonies, Back to The Future, Schindler's List, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and War Horse, just to name a few. Here's what Steven Spielberg had to say about the announcement.
Kathleen Kennedy will oversee LucasFilm, the special effects house Industrial Light and Magic, Skywalker Sound, the video game arm LucasArts, and an animation unit which produces the TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
While Lucasfilm doesn't currently have any live-action feature films in production, Kathleen Kennedy will continue to oversee the 3D conversion of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones all the way through Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. There is also an untitled animated movie in the works, of which no details have been revealed. And Star Wars Detours, the live action television series based on the popular franchise, is still moving forward. On the video game front, LucasArts, which hasn't released a game in two years, also revealed plans for the video game Star Wars 1313, which is set in the criminal underground of George Lucas' sprawling universe.
Here's what Kathleen Kennedy had to say about taking over for the legendary filmmaker.
The new executive will commute between Los Angeles and LucasFilm's San Francisco headquarters. She is also relinquishing her share in Kennedy/Marshall Productions. Her partner and husband, Frank Marshall, will take on her responsibilites.