Taika Waititi Making New “Star Wars” Movie
"What We Do in the Shadows of the Dark Side," anybody?
Until very recently, the question of what the Star Wars franchise would look like on the big screen going forward was something of a mystery. The “Skywalker Saga” concluded; Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss walked away from plans to make a trilogy set in the universe. And it’s been several years since the announcement that Rian Johnson would revisit the Star Wars setting for a new trilogy, though apparently things are progressing on that front.
But now comes news of another familiar face to the Star Wars faithful also making a foray into a galaxy far, far away. That would be writer-director Taika Waititi — who previously appeared in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian and directed an episode of its first season. The Guardian reports that Waititi is set to direct and co-write a new Star Wars film; his collaborator on the screenplay will be 1917’s Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
Especially interesting here is another one of Wilson-Cairns’s credits — she’s also the co-writer, with Edgar Wright, of the forthcoming psychological horror film Last Night in Soho. Along with the news that Russian Doll showrunner Leslye Headland is working on a Star Wars series for Disney+, it suggests some very promising choices all around.
As for what Waititi’s contribution to this cinematic universe might look like, Miles Surrey at The Ringer offered one prediction:
If I were to make a really uneducated guess — I’m a culture blogger, it’s allowed — then let’s imagine the ideal version of Taika Waititi’s Star Wars would be Solo, But Actually Funny.
We’ll know at some point — though the release of this new film remains TBD.
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