Kevin Feige is making the move from Marvel Cinematic Universe to the Star Wars Universe, as it is being reported by The Hollywood Reporter that the studio head will be developing a new Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm.
According to the trade, insiders see this move as a prelude to a larger role for Feige within Lucasfilm, while others say it merely reflects the Marvel executive’s passion for the franchise. A top Disney source close to THR says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy remains in charge with no plans for any changes. One knowledgeable source says Feige has told a major actor that there’s a specific role he would like that person to play when and if he makes the movie.
Disney chairman Alan Horn made a statement regarding Feige and Kennedy’s collaboration:
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.
Under Feige, Marvel Studios and its cinematic universe has been the most successful franchise grossing a whopping $22.5 billion over the course of 23 movies, and he is currently spearheading the future of Marvel Studios with over 15 films and series currently in development.
Kathleen Kennedy has been the chief of Lucasfilm since 2012, and was picked by George Lucas himself to take over the position. In September 2018, she renewed her contract for three years. So far, the four Star Wars films produced for Disney have grossed almost $4.5 billion.
The Rise of Skywalker hits this December, Lucasfilm also has multiple projects in the works including, the Rian Johnson trilogy, to the Benioff and Weiss project, not to mention the Disney+ projects including The Mandalorian, The Cassian Andor series, and the recently announced Obi-Wan series. The studio keeps their projects tight-lipped so details on this project Feige is developing is liking going to be kept under wraps for a while.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter