Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is developing a new “Star Wars” movie for Disney, Variety has learned.
Feige will join Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in ushering in a new wave of “Star Wars” content as the Skywalker Saga comes to a close with “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which opens in theaters on Dec. 20.
Walt Disney Studios co-chairman and chief creative officer Alan Horn said in a statement that “Kennedy is pursuing a new era in ‘Star Wars’ storytelling” and that since Feige is a “die-hard” “Star Wars” fan, it made sense for the two producers to work together.
Disney united Marvel and Lucasfilm after acquiring the “Star Wars” company for $4.05 billion in 2012, during which Disney announced plans for a new “Star Wars” pic, 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” As part of the deal, Disney also took over part of Lucasfilm’s consumer products, a lucrative portion of the franchise.
At the time, Disney chairman and chief executive Bob Iger emphasized that the franchise is “incredibly well suited for new business models and digital platforms.” Iger also called “Star Wars” a “sustainable source of high-quality content with global appeal.”
Disney first acquired Marvel in 2009, and Feige has been president of the studio since 2007.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
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