There’s a reason it’s colloquially known as the House of Mouse, with Pixar, Disney animation, Marvel, live action and Lucasfilm under its umbrella and now news arrives that Kevin Feige – currently the world’s most successful producer, arguably the most successful ever – is developing a Star Wars film alongside Kathleen Kennedy.

Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy “is pursuing a new era in ‘Star Wars’ storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a ‘Star Wars’ film together,” Walt Disney Studios co-chairman Alan Horn tells The Hollywood Reporter.

To the surprise of no one, Kevin Feige is a huge Star Wars fan. It might surprise many, however, that the Marvel Studios chief is going to be developing a Star Wars movie as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy makes new plans for a wave of projects set in the universe, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Feige had discussed a foray into the Star Wars universe in a late summer meeting with Kennedy and studio co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman, sources say. In response to a query from THR, Walt Disney Studios co-chairman and chief creative officer Horn said, “We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox. With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”

Rumours have swirled about his involvement for a number of years, his love of Star Wars well known, so while this is hardly a surprise it’s welcome news that such a noted producer is bringing his skills and sensibilities to the Star Wars galaxy.

Huge news ahead of today’s Global Reveal, and we have to wonder what other news we’ll all be talking about before the day is done.