Not too long ago rumours of Taika Waititi directing a Star Wars film slated as the next theatric entry into the franchise. His response then was a tad cryptic in true Jedi fashion.
Are there discussions about the ‘Star Wars’ film? Like, yeah, I discussed with my friends in 1996 how cool ‘Star Wars’ was,” Waititi said. “I think people see me hanging out with people, especially with ‘Star Wars,’ and think I’m having some big discussions about it. I would f—ing love to.…If it was right. I would want to do any kind of movie if it made sense, and if it felt not like career suicide.
– Taika Waititi
Turns out, that was essentially Waititi’s way of saying that everything’s a matter of perspective.
Waititi is obviously no newcomer to the Star Wars universe given his involvement as a director for the season one finalé of The Mandalorian and having lent his voice to IG-11. This is in addition to his earlier Disney experiences with Thor: Ragnarok, and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.
LucasFilm’s official statement goes on to elaborate:
Academy Award winner Taika Waititi, who recently won Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit and directed the widely-acclaimed first season finale episode of The Mandalorian on Disney+, will direct and co-write a new Star Wars feature film for theatrical release. Joining Waititi on the screenplay will be Academy Award nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917, Last Night in Soho), who received a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year on the three-time Oscar-winning film, 1917.
Unfortunately that still doesn’t say much about the movie itself, but they do go on about a new series for Disney+.
In addition, Emmy-nominated writer Leslye Headland (Russian Doll, Bachelorette) is currently developing a new untitled Star Wars series for Disney+. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the series, which adds to a growing list of Star Wars stories for Disney’s streaming platform including The Mandalorian, now in post-production on Season Two, and two other previously announced series: one based on Cassian Andor’s life prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and another following the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope.
While the post-Episode IX future of the Star Wars universe is still unknown, the growing list of creatives certainly points the galaxy far, far away’s future in the right direction!