In May 2020, it was announced that Taika Waititi would co-write and direct a new feature film in the Star Wars universe. A project that has not made much noise since and on which the filmmaker has recently returned.
If the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in 2019 marked the end of an era, the very very distant galaxy created by George Lucas has not yet finished making spectators dream. Several Star Wars projects are indeed in the boxes of Disney, like Rogue Squadron by Patty Jenkins, a film produced by Kevin Feige or an episode signed by Taika Waititi.
The latter, who has Finished filming Thor: Love and Thunder recently and who is currently starring in Free Guy as an actor, gave some news about the feature film he is set to co-write with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917) in an interview with Wired.
“He is still at the EXT stage. SPACE”, He admitted. A fun way to indicate that the screenplay is yet to be written. However, the project is not at a standstill: “But we have a story. I am very excited by this story, because it is very similar to me.“
Wired then asked him if it had been difficult for him to marry his irreverent tone with the Star Wars universe. To which Taika Waititi replied: “I tend to walk into this little aisle of sincerity in my films. I like to make the viewer think ‘Ah, that’s it’ and then say to themselves ‘Damn, you made me feel something!’”
AND AKIRA IN ALL OF THIS?
Star Wars is not the only iconic work to which the director is attached since he was also recruited in 2017 to stage a live remake of Akira. A project that has seen many twists and turns and which, according to the latest news, had been put on hold.
“I still try [de le faire]”, Nevertheless affirmed Taika Waititi during the interview. And to confide: “I don’t want to give up.”There is therefore hope and, while waiting for the situation to unblock, the filmmaker can move forward on his many other projects: a remake of Flash Gordon, two animated series adapted from Roald Dahl for Netflix or a sequel to Vampires in all. privacy.
A busy schedule that the director wouldn’t trade for the world: “It’s my comfort zone to have a lot of things on the go. My best work comes from this chaos. Someone told me I needed a break. Yeah, but I feel like I’ve been on hiatus for 35 years. I work now. I don’t want to stop.”
Trailer for Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi’s latest film: