In an extensive and revealing interview with The New York Times titled, "The Slow-Burning Success of Disney's Bog Iger", the CEO and chairman of the Walt Disney Company had a lot to say about his methodical rise to becoming one the most powerful people in the business.
While the interview covers a wide range of topics including Disney+, the recent purchase of 20th Century Fox ($71 billion!), and Disney parks, they do cover a few interesting Star Wars topics. It's worth noting that this is all done from the cozy cockpit of the Millennium Falcon at Galaxy's Edge Disneyland!
On the Lucasfilm deal:
“Rupert was crazed that we bought Lucas,” Mr. Iger says, with shy pride. “They were the distributor of all of George’s movies, and he was very disappointed in his people. ‘Why didn’t you think of this?’”
“I just think that we might’ve put a little bit too much in the marketplace too fast.” But, he adds, “I think the storytelling capabilities of the company are endless because of the talent we have at the company, and the talent we have at the company is better than it’s ever been, in part because of the influx of people from Fox.”
“You have to look one level down, because we’ve done a lot,” Mr. Iger says. He concedes that it’s a disappointment that those who directly report to him “are lacking” in diversity and vows, “I’ll change that before I leave.”
I wonder if there will ever be a female director for “Star Wars.” He says that Kathleen Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm, is “trying really hard’’ to make that happen.
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