After a series of reports, Disney confirmed that Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is working on a new Star Wars movie. The project will involve Feige, and Lucasfilm head Katheleen Kennedy, and other than Feige’s involvement, the studio isn’t sharing any details.
The confirmation came from Disney Studios co-chairman and CCO Alan Horn, who released a statement adding, “We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars, but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox. With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is the closing chapter on the Skywalker saga, and with that continuation coming to a close, Feige will be free to craft an entirely new storyline for the franchise. While the movies have always included a Skywalker in the story in the past, the animated series has branched out and did very well with younger fans. “The Clone Wars” still included a younger Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but “Rebels” and “Star Wars: Resistance” focused on new characters and settings, expanding the Star Wars universe, and served as side-notes to the larger stories that were taking place across the galaxy. Both “Rebels” and “Star Wars: Resistance” did very well for DisneyXD, and younger fans seem eager to explore the universe beyond the characters that older fans grew up with.
Feige is one of the chief architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that created 23 connected films and grossed over $8.5B for the studio. Fans should be excited to see Feige turn his attention to Star Wars, and we will eagerly await any news that he has to share. THR first reported the news, ahead of Disney’s confirmation. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is currently scheduled to hit theaters on December 20th.
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