Taika Waititi, who directed the season finale of The Mandalorian and has been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay/Best Picture Oscars thanks to his recent release Jojo Rabbit might be heading back to a galaxy far far away.
A new barebones article from TheHollywoodReporter is claiming that Taika is in very early talks with Lucasfilm to develop his own Star Wars movie. They’re also not certain if this would be the film that Kevin Feige was said to be producing or not, there is a good chance that it could be something entirely different.
Taika Waititi, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok, has been approached to develop a Star Wars movie, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Could this mean other directors handling The Mandalorian could end up tackling feature films?
Take this news with a pinch of salt, mainly because the trade has previously reported on early news about Star Wars directors that didn’t work out including Stephen Daldry for the Kenobi film (Daldry bounced and was turned into a Disney+ series) and they claimed that James Mangold was going to direct the Boba Fett (turned into The Mandalorian) only for the director to debunk the claim.
Although, this certainly would make sense given Taika’s pre-existing working relationship with both Disney and Lucasfilm.
Taika is currently shooting his soccer movie Next Goal Wins and will begin shooting Thor: Love & Thunder in Australia starting in August.
He had also been attached to direct a live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga/anime Akira for Warner Bros., but there is a good shot that those plans might be going up in smoke if these Star Wars talks turn into an actual deal.
The Thor sequel is set to be released on November 5th, 2021.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER