At a time when Lucasfilm was seemingly unable to get a single Star Wars movie off the ground, word started spreading about several projects the studio supposedly had in the works.
Among them was a movie from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, with the veteran producer turning to Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron to pen the screenplay. There was a lot of excitement among fans given Feige's love of Star Wars, but the project quickly became yet another from Lucasfilm to fall by the wayside.
Talking at Star Wars Celebration this past April, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy was asked about the movie and claimed, "Nothing ever got developed...we never discussed an idea. It's not an abandoned project. It just never really happened."
The movie was announced by Alan Horn, the former Walt Disney Studios Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, and many believe Kennedy wasn't entirely on board with the Marvel Studios boss being given his own Star Wars movie. Why? Well, she may have seen him as a threat because rumours persist that he could replace her as Lucasfilm President!
Appearing at The Marvels premiere yesterday evening, Feige was asked about his Star Wars movie and while his reaction was brief, it was also very telling.
What's up with the Star Wars movie? Is it happening?
Any Star Wars movie?
It's clear something went wrong here and Feige doesn't seem entirely happy about it. We're guessing that, for whatever reason, Kennedy put the kibosh on his Star Wars plans and he's understandably disappointed not to be telling a story set in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.
Then again, Feige may well be too busy. It's no secret that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently facing its fair share of issues and he's spread incredibly thin. Moving forward, we'd bet on Disney wanting him to focus on setting Marvel Studios back on the right track instead of developing a Hail Mary Star Wars movie that, hopefully, will restore the franchise to its former glory in theaters.
There's also the issue of Waldron. Rumour has it he's been dropped from Avengers: Secret Wars, so his overall deal with Disney may no longer hold the weight it once did.
Check out the full interview with Feige below.