With “Star Wars” going on a bit of a big screen hiatus after ‘Rise of Skywalker,’ what the near future holds for the franchise isn’t clear.
With the Benioff & Weiss trilogy scrapped, that just leaves Rian Johnson’s trilogy, and a film that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will produce based on his own idea. Will Feige’s come before Johnson’s though?
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, speaking with Rolling Stone this week, says Feige’s movie is still quite some time away and there’s no guarantee his will come next:
“Kevin has been a huge fan of Star Wars, and he’s made that pretty clear. And I think when he went off to do a couple of the Spider-Man movies, he realized that he could kind of step in and out of what he’s doing specifically with just Marvel.
He talked to us, and he talked to the studio and said, ‘You know, Is there any chance I could step in and do one of the Star Wars movies?’ And I thought it was a pretty cool idea. So we’re just beginning to talk about what that might be and when that might be. But it’s a ways off.”
In fact there’s no guarantee whether Kennedy herself will stay as Lucasfilm president given the rocky past few years behind the scenes at the company. Her contract is up in 2021 and, asked how long she might stick to her current job, Kennedy tells the outlet: “What happens in the future, and how long and how much longer I do this? I don’t know yet. I’m looking at all of that.”
Kennedy’s reported “ideal team” to handle the franchise for the foreseeable future includes the two key “Mandalorian” talents Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, along with producer Michelle Rejwan – expect at least one of them to have a big hand in helping shape the next film.
THR adds that with a new film still slated for a December 2022 release, there is movement and that the studio apparently has a “director ready to go” but won’t announce who until January.
“The Mandalorian” is streaming now on Disney+ and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens in cinemas December 20th. Check out a new TV spot and character posters from the latter below.