Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Disney Has Approached Taika Waititi About Developing A ‘Star Wars’ Movie

Disney Has Approached Taika Waititi About Developing A ‘Star Wars’ Movie

According to an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter, Waititi - the acclaimed director of the director of Thor: Ragnarok, the Academy Award-nominated Jojo Rabbit and the season one finale of The Mandalorian - has been "approached to develop a Star Wars movie".

News of Waititi's potential entry into the new, uncharted post-Skywalker phase of the 42-year-old Star Wars franchise comes on the heels of a series of shifts in studio strategy as The Rise of Skywalker ushers out the mainline nine-movie era that George Lucas launched way back in 1977. We have very little info on this beyond the news that Waititi is wanted to "develop" the film, and that "It is also unclear whether the project is separate from the one being developed by Kevin Feige, with whom he closely worked on [Thor]: Ragnarok, or a separate Star Wars project".

SYFY WIRE has reached out to Disney for comment. There is, of course, that long-gestating Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy (which may or may not ever happen), and rumors continue to circulate about a number of other projects that probably aren't ready to be discussed yet, but today brings news of a new one.

Citing "sources", the United States site said it was unclear where things stand in the talks.

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Disney has indicated there's plenty of Star Wars movies to go around, though.

Last October, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss exited their deal to make a series of Star Wars films for Lucasfilm.

Taika Waititi recently received a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for Jojo Rabbit. And it helps that Disney and Lucasfilm already have a relationship with Waititi from his work on The Mandalorian.

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