We’ve been quite focused on television when it comes to Star Wars recently. With The Bad Batch currently airing and shows like The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi having lots of exciting news, it’s hard to remember that Star Wars has new movies coming too.
Yes, Lucasfilm hasn’t forgotten about its Star Wars movies. And while the television shows take up our attention, development on the movies is still quietly happening in the background. For instance, Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron will be coming in 2023. Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie could hopefully be in development soon. And as for the Kevin Feige-produced Star Wars movie, we’re getting a little bit of new information about that this week.
Tied to the Feige Star Wars project is writer Michael Waldron. Previously a writer with Rick and Morty, Waldron is now stepping into the spotlight with two major projects from the MCU: being the head writer of the Loki series and penning Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
While Waldron has currently been speaking to the press for the Loki series, in a recent interview with GQ, he was able to share just a little bit about working on the Star Wars film with Kevin Feige. When asked what it was like to collaborate with the Marvel head, Waldron had this to share:
"It’s very early days on [Star Wars]. That’s probably the thing I can say least about, unfortunately. The thing Kevin Feige shares in common with Dan Harmon and with Sam Raimi is an absolute collaborative spirit and a remarkable lack of ego given what he’s accomplished. Kevin is a great listener. He wants to hear your ideas, take in how you might do something, and then help you make it better. Beyond all that, he’s just a cool guy."
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After that, Waldron was asked to share what lessons he learned from working with Marvel that he can apply to Star Wars. With this, of course, he couldn’t reveal too much about working on the project thus far. But he did share his perspective about the Star Wars films and what he took away most from them as a writer:
"I think the success of the MCU is, for all the amazing science-fiction and concepts and all that stuff; ultimately the success is built upon the characters, their humanity, their very relatable conflicts, friendships, and the family that is the MCU. And I think Star Wars, at its best, is a story about family. Han, Luke, and Leia were a family; you love seeing them together, and you hated it when they were split apart. It’s great characters. That’s nothing new. I am not going to blow anybody’s mind with that headline—but that’s my biggest takeaway."
So, we can’t dig up much about the movie’s plot from this. But, at the very least, we sense Waldron and Feige have their hearts and minds pointed in the right direction about this movie. With the Skywalker saga being over, it’s very likely this won’t incorporate the elements of family specifically linking back to Luke, Leia and Han. But many of Star Wars’ stories outside of the films link back to that theme of family.
For example, you see in shows like The Mandalorian, Din Djarin and Grogu become a family of their own. Even in the animated series like Star Wars Rebels do we see that loving dynamic of a found family. So regardless of whether it’s family by blood or simply by love, we could be seeing Feige and Waldron produce another Star Wars movie that’s absolutely filled to the brim with emotion and heart.
That movie won’t be coming out for a while. But we can look to the Loki series right now to get some kind of an idea for Waldron’s writing style. And with the success of the series just with its premiere, let’s hope that translates over into his Star Wars movie too.