After the success of Thor: Ragnarok and now Jojo Rabbit (the latter of which has just earned 6 Oscar nominations), Taika Waititi’s career continues to soar. Marvel was eager to bring him back for Thor: Love and Thunder, but he also seems to have a lot of other projects on the go including his upcoming soccer movie Next Goal Wins, the live-action Akira movie and a pilot episode for Apple’s Time Bandits TV series, not to mention acting gigs in Free Guy and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Now we are hearing that Disney also wants to pull him over to their other most valuable franchise, a universe that he has already dabbled in on the small screen: Star Wars. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to THR, Disney and Lucasfilm recently approached Taika Waititi about developing a brand new Star Wars movie. It sounds like the discussions are still extremely early and it is unclear whether this would be a project for theatrical release or for Disney+. Disney’s plans for upcoming Star Wars movies in general are still somewhat unclear; Rian Johnson is developing a new trilogy and Kevin Feige was brought on board to produce an unspecified project, while David Benioff and D.B. Weiss dropping out of a planned trilogy that they were working on last year.
Waititi directed the finale of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian and also appeared as the droid IG-11, so he already has a working relationship with Lucasfilm. He has also worked with Kevin Feige obviously, so it is possible that he might be teaming up with him again here. Considering that The Mandalorian finale went over well with fans, Taika Waititi’s name could definitely generate some excitement for the future of Star Wars on the big screen. The real question is whether he would have time for such a thing. Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to hit theatres on Nov. 5th, 2021, so this would have to happen after that at the very earliest. Would you like to see Taika Waititi write and direct a new Star Wars movie?