Taika Waititi speaking at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Thor: Love and Thunder”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en
Taika Waititi will be directing a Star Wars movie. This is not a drill.
Let’s be real. We all saw this coming. Taika Waititi has been in bed with Disney for some time. He did Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel Studios and is set to do Thor: Love and Thunder. The Disney+ series The Mandalorian was not without its Waititi influence in the form of his direction and acting. Waititi even commented on his potentially hopping on to helm a film in the past. It was bound to happen at one point or another.
Lucasfilm has saved this news for the greatest of Star Wars days…May the Fourth. According to an official announcement on the Star Wars blog, Waititi will co-write and direct a Star Wars film. It is a theatrical release and is the next big collaboration between him and the House of Mouse. And he won’t be alone in the writing department.
Joining him in screenwriting duties is Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Wilson-Cairns is an Academy Award nominee who most recently had a hand in 1917. Needless to say, between her and the Oscar-winning Waititi, there will be a lot of talent behind this new film.
There is no release date for this film, but it doesn’t take an expert to realize we are still some time away. Waititi’s next blockbuster is Thor: Love and Thunder — another obligation to Disney. As such, we know that isn’t going anywhere. That film will hit on February 11, 2022. Interestingly enough, the next Star Wars movie is scheduled to release in winter of 2022.
I think it’s safe to say that Waititi’s movie will not be in 2022. This gives him time to do a one-off indie film after Thor: Love and Thunder. With that in mind, I’d say 2024 is a solid bet for his Star Wars movie. But what does this mean for that 2022 date? We have no filmmaker attached to that movie. Is it inevitable that Lucasfilm will axe that movie and re-kickstart things with the Waititi film? It may not be a bad idea.
Given Lucasfilm’s history with directors, I think they should focus all their efforts on making sure this movie happens. They also need to make sure fans like it. As much as I hate whiney fans, catering to your audience is important, no matter how unreasonable they are. As recent films in the franchise have pointed out, they won’t all necessarily show up for anything put out in the franchise.
And what about that elusive Rian Johnson film trilogy? Well, as a Last Jedi fan, I can only wait in silence and hope that Lucasfilm grows a spine.
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SOURCE: Star Wars
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en