Star Wars: Taika Waititi Reportedly Approached for New Movie | IGN

Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok) has reportedly been approached about directing a new Star Wars movie. Waititi is already a part of the Lucasfilm family, having directed the Season 1 finale of The Mandalorian as well as voicing the role of IG-11 on the Disney+ series.

According to THR, the current state of talks between Waititi and Disney/Lucasfilm is “unclear.” Both companies declined to comment to THR.

“It is also unclear whether the project is separate from the one being developed by Kevin Feige, with whom [Waititi] closely worked on Ragnarok, or a separate Star Wars project,” the trade adds.

Deadline claims “it’s not clear yet if [Waititi’s film is] a feature for Disney+ or the big screen. Early talks isn’t even the word yet here.”

Update: After these initial reports, Waititi posted a wordless tweet that included the cover of Fleetwood Mac’s aptly named “Rumours” album.

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— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) January 17, 2020

While many have tried to eke out information from Waititi after the tweet, the best response perhaps came from Baby Driver Director Edgar Wright, who wrote, “That’s an odd photo of Han and Leia.”

Waititi was asked about the prospect of ever directing a Star Wars movie just this past Monday, telling Variety: “Oh, I don’t know anything about that. But Mandalorian was my chance to work with some stormtroopers.” Waititi reportedly told Variety that helming a Star Wars movie was something he was interested in pursuing: “Obviously I would, but I’m going to just settle for IG-11 being the hero of the entire season.”

While Star Wars seems to have a promising future ahead on the small screen — with Disney+ moving forward with the second season of The Mandalorian as well as a solo Obi-Wan Kenobi series and a Cassian Andor-led Rogue One prequel series — the feature film franchise has been dogged by drops in ticket sales for both The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker (yes, despite both films crossing the $1 billion mark worldwide) and behind-the-scenes creative friction that has seen several directors fired from their Star Wars movies.

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Lucasfilm most recently opted to shelve the Star Wars film trilogy that was in the works with Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and there’s been nary a peep on Rian Johnson’s planned trilogy. Johnson is now working on a sequel to his hit film Knives Out.

If Waititi is being eyed for the Feige-produced Star Wars film, the Marvel Studios boss has said his film will take viewers to new corners of the galaxy far, far away.

Waititi is Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. His next film, Next Goal Wins, is in production and he then segues to direct Thor: Love and Thunder for Marvel. Waititi recently told IGN that he still hopes to direct a live-action Akira movie but it’s been postponed until after Thor: Love and Thunder.

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Disney has carved out release dates for three new Star Wars movies after The Rise of Skywalker. The first of these was to have been the first Weiss and Benioff film, coming on December 16, 2022. The other two dates are December 20, 2024, and December 18, 2026, though it’s not clear if those dates belonged to the other Beinoff and Weiss movies or Rian Johnson’s films or possibly a combination of both. Rumors suggest Lucasfilm will announce a new director for the December 2022 movie as early as January 2020.
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