In an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter, Taika Waititi has reportedly been approached by Disney and Lucasfilm to helm his own Star Wars movie.
According to the report, it’s unclear at this point how far along talks are between Waititi and Disney and Lucasfilm. It’s also unlear whether or not this project is seperate from the one in development from Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige or its own thing.
This news comes just a few months after D.B. Weiss and David Benioff left their own Star Wars films in the works.
Waititi is no stranger to Star Wars, he was the voice of IG-11 in the Disney+ show, The Mandalorian and directed the season finale of the show’s first season.
The Star Wars franchise may be going in a different direction, after the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga came to a close in December and recently pasted the $1 billion mark at the box office.
In addition to Waititi’s rumoured Star Wars film, The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson has his own trilogy in the works, an Obi-Wan Disney+ series helmed by Deborah Chow (who directed some episodes of The Mandalorian) and a Cassian Endor Disney+ series.
Apart from his rumoured Star Wars, Waititi has got his plate pretty full for next few years, with him acting in Free Guy (releasing in July) and The Suicide Squad (coming in 2021), directing Next Goal Wins for Netflix and then writing and directing Thor: Love and Thunder coming in November 2021.
Waititi was also supposed to direct the live-action adaptation of Akira for Warner Bros but the film has been put on indefinite hold.
At this point in time, Disney has yet to formally announce the next Star Wars film which is currently set to for a December 16th, 2022 release date, followed by another on December 20th, 2024 and December 18th, 2026.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter