I don’t think the director matters as much as who writes the damn story. It cannot be mandated from Burbank and then under total control of the director...
Flat out no. Absolutely wrong. Directors in television are bound by the tone and view of the showrunner, which isn't to diminish their accomplishments and efforts, but there is a very specific standard they have to meet.
In film, directors are vital. They can elevate or sink screenplays. Editors are bound by the ambitions of their directions (with few exceptions, ironically enough the first Star Wars film). Films are uniquely the director's view. I remember a while back in a conversation I had with somebody in this forum who honestly believed that directors are largely replaceable because editors eventually replace them when finishing the film, which is an absolutely bonkers mindset. The product of a film, when done right, is what the director wants, in an ideal world.
Lucasfilm has no respect for directors and they clearly want them to toe the line, so they're not in any position to dictate the role of what direction should be.