Man how time flys! It seems like just yesterday we were all exctied about the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and now we are about a month out from when we finally closed out the Skywalker saga in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We have even wrapped up watching the first season of the hit series on Disney+, The Mandalorian. We know that what follows now on the big screen is a break, after the last three films seemed to have audiences divided. But that does not mean that the mouse and company aren’t hard at work figuring out what comes next.
For that one of the first pieces that they need to establish who will be at the helm of the next Star Wars film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Taika Waititi the filmmaker behind Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok and the Oscar nominated Jojo Rabbit, has been approached to develop a Star Wars film. At the moment it us unclear where they stand in talks.
Waititi is an obvious choice for consideration after his well received final episode of The Mandalorian, which he directed, in which he also voiced the now popular droid character IG-11. Working on this series puts him on a similar level to the series creator, writer and executive producer, Jon Favreau, who is quickly becoming an important part of the Star Wars universe moving forward. It’s even been noted that working on these Star Wars series on Disney+ could be a testing ground for Disney for directors that are looking for a larger role in the franchise.
Of course Waititi is becoming one of the most sought after filmmakers in Hollywood, as his film Jojo Rabbit, which he wrote and directed, has earned six Oscar nominations, one which includes, Best Picture. He is currently is post production on his small budget film, Next Goal Wins for Fox Searchlight, which currently does not have a release date. On the Marvel side he will also be working on his second film following the success of Thor: Ragnarok that is titled, Thor: Love and Thunder that is looking to start production late this summer and currently has a November 5th, release date. He is also still involved in an adaptation of a classic anime, Akira, over at Warner Bros. But if Disney offers him Star Wars all of that can change.
It will be interesting to follow Waititi’s career and the films that he decides to helm. Do you want to see Waititi direct a Star Wars film? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter