Taika Waititi in Early Talks to Develop ‘Star Wars’ Movie

Brenda Watkins
January 17, 2020

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is now courting Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi to develop a new Star Wars movie. It is not clear if the project is for streaming platform Disney Plus or for theatrical.

Disney and Lucasfilm, the producer of the Star Wars movies, had no comment for the Hollywood Reporter.

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THR states that the project could be the same film Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has been developing - and that its unclear where Waititi and Lucasfilm are in their talks. With the spirited conversation surrounding Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker still very much ongoing, it's unclear what direction the franchise will take next. Waititi directed the season finale "Chapter 8: The Reckoning", in which IG-11 heroically sacrificed and self-detonated himself to enabled the Mandalorian, Baby Yoda, and Cara Dune to escape from Moff Gideon and his forces.

"I cherish that moment, and I hope that I get to do it again", he added. And he actually wrote all of those episodes and it makes sense -It feels like a good storyline- while making another movie and while we're shooting it, he'd run off and keep working on "Lion King.' But having also having Dave Filoni, who's the sort of George Lucas now, and having those two overseeing everything". We'll have to call Dave.' And we call Dave and it's like, 'Dude, did they have machine gun blasters?' 'Absolutely not. That's worth getting excited about - even if you didn't care for Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok confirms that Waititi can do big-ass movies with lots of humor, heart and action - but rest assured we'll be keeping an ear to the ground for updates on this one, and will have 'em in front of you just as soon as they roll in. That scheduled film is also not the one in the frame to potentially be directed by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi).

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