Earlier today, word came out that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige would begin developing a new Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm – a first after years of producing films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Though details about the project remain under tight wraps, news about Feige’s new movie has stirred up all sorts of conversations among fans and among industry analysts. Would Feige’s entrance into Lucasfilm’s galaxy far, far away mark the end of an era for the Star Wars franchise? More specifically, would it spell the end of George Lucas’ era?
This was the question posed by Forbes writer Ben Child in an article responding to the news about Feige’s new Star Wars movie. For the longest time, Lucas had been the man behind the Star Wars franchise. Not only did the filmmaker produce six feature films for the Skywalker saga, but he also had a hand at the sequel trilogy too.
Sure, Disney might have made it clear that they weren’t contractually bound to Lucas ideas for the sequel trilogy once they purchased the Star Wars IP from the filmmaker, however, the studio did follow some of Lucas notes, creating characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
But now, the sequel trilogy is coming to an end with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Feige is on board for a new project – a project which may further distance itself from the Skywalker saga. Could Disney be trying to move further away from Lucas influence? Or could the studio be trying to build upon it?
Let’s wait and see.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.