On Wednesday night, word broke via The Hollywood Reporter that Lucasfilm was officially going to be working with Marvel Studios maestro Kevin Feige to produce a future Star Wars film.
It was major news to the fanboy sect, myself included, but I think there has been some unnecessary handwringing and concern about what this means.
In turn, some quick thoughts about this all:
- Kevin Feige isn’t (at this time) replacing Kathleen Kennedy. This is a one-off movie, at least for now. Kennedy is still overseeing the majority of other projects from Lucasfilm, including the multiple Star Wars series coming to Disney+, the film series coming from Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, and the film series coming from Rian Johnson. And that doesn’t even include the reboot of Indiana Jones.
- I’m not sure what this means for Michelle Rejwan. The name may not ring a bell, but she was hired earlier this year by Lucasfilm as the “senior vice president of live action development and production”. I kinda figured the ex-Bad Robot member was going to become the Feige for Lucas film. Instead now they just have, well, Kevin Feige.
- I don’t know that this is a great time for Feige to pursue other projects. The next phase of Marvel Studios films is a rather risky one, filled with lesser-known properties like The Eternals and Shang-Chi. I hope he can multitask.
- Feige may be delivering a more steady hand for Lucasfilm. With Kennedy at lead, for good reasons or not, we had the Josh Trank Boba Fett film get canned, Lord and Miller get removed from Solo, and Colin Trevorrow pulled from Episode IX. Feige has had far less issues over far more films. A good sign for the future?
- Remember: Feige isn’t the director. He’s just a guiding voice, designed to sand down rough edges. And based off of his recent choices for Marvel Studios directors, I think this should really be a great sign for the fans who have been asking for a female or PoC director on the Star Wars films.
All I know is this: the potential is strong. The concept is exciting. But nothing matters until we’re in that theatre and the film rolls. Best of luck, gang. You’re gonna need it.