Marvel’s Feige Developing Star Wars Film For Disney
This is breaking news off an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter. Star Wars may soon get a Marvel-ous influx of talent in the guise of Kevin Feige.
Kim Masters wrote:
To the surprise of no one, Kevin Feige is a huge Star Wars fan. It might surprise many, however, that the Marvel Studios chief is going to be developing a Star Wars movie as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy makes new plans for a wave of projects set in the universe, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Feige had discussed a foray into the Star Wars universe in a late-summer meeting with Kennedy and studio co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman, sources say. In response to a query from THR, Walt Disney Studios co-chairman and chief creative officer Horn said, “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.”
As Masters surmised, I am not surprised.
Just over a year ago, I wrote about Feige’s affinity for Star Wars for MakingStarWars.net:
“Yes, focusing on this tenth anniversary and I’ll tell you a secret,” began Feige, interviewed by “The Star Wars Show” co-host Anthony Carboni, “we have a cool new logo that says ‘Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years.’
“That was directly ripped-off of my very positive memories of 1987 and Star Wars: The First Ten Years.”
Currently promoting Avengers: Infinity War, Feige explained how much the recognition of that anniversary meant to him.
“Lucasfilm acknowledged the tenth anniversary, and they called it the first ten years, which got me excited as a fan to think, well, there would be more. ‘Must be the first of many,’ [he thought]. And it took many years to fulfill that,” he said. “But as we were saying let’s celebrate our tenth anniversary [at Marvel Studios] and I was trying to come up with a tagline, we just stole it from the Star Wars anniversary.”
But Feige also admitted that it was Star Wars, which got the ball rolling for him in film.
Check out his interview on the Star Wars Show:
Meanwhile, THR.com added:
Some 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 says 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 if and when he makes the movie.
But what do you think? Is Kevin cut out for the Star Wars galaxy? Or should he stick to the MCU? Let us know in the comments.