Deadline is reporting some news about the Kevin Feige Star Wars project we learned of in September of 2019. Michael Waldron has been given the gig of writing the film for Disney/Lucasfilm. So if you like that Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness movie, you are going to be jazzed by this news. If not, I’m sure you will let everyone know on Twitter.
The project was first rumored following the success of Avengers: Endgame and before the launch Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, the final installment in the most trilogy of the franchise. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy was looking to start a new era of Star Wars films and given how much love Feige had for the franchise and how masterfully he navigated the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past decade, felt the perfect fit to spearhead a new feature on the beloved IP.
Now that we know Patty Jenkins is on Rogue Squadron, I wonder if this will be one of The High Republic films? I knew a live-action project for The High Republic was coming. However, on Disney Investor Day we learned that Star Wars: The Acolyte will be a Star Wars television series developed by Leslye Headland for Disney+. With Rogue Squadron being set in the future of Star Wars films and the Feige project being set in a new era, it will likely be one of the other. But that’s conjecture on my part.
I’m really excited for Star Wars that is no longer tied to fan expectations set long ago when they first made a connection with the franchise. I feel like we are entering the era where the films and the shows can be evaluated for what they are rather than what we once hoped they would be based on earlier connections and feelings.
That said, I still expect them to be great films. I’ve loved the inclusion of Luke Skywalker in what we have had so far. But I do feel it is a Band-aid that makes for a fun great ending, but also robs us of an actual original and well done ending unto itself. I know this is an unpopular opinion now, but I think it matters in the long run for Star Wars to be “healthy.”
The best thing about more Star Wars is it can suck. It can take risks and not connect. Or it can be the best and take risks that connect and reinvigorate our passion for the series again and again. If there is always more, that is okay with me. I’m excited to see what Michael Waldron and Kevin Feige whip up.