Just a few months after the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the space fantasy franchise has already started to try and find some new blood for its future films.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Taika Waititi, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated Jojo Rabbit as well as the extremely popular Thor: Ragnarok, has been approached to develop a Star Wars movie.
It is currently unclear where things stand in those talks and where this film would fit in the future plans of the Star Wars franchise. Disney and Lucasfilm, the producer of the Star Wars movies, had no comment.
If talks do go through, this wouldn’t be Waititi’s first ride in the Star Wars universe. Waititi most recently directed the final episode of season 1 of The Mandalorian, the live-action Star Wars series on Disney+. He also voiced the popular droid character, IG-11. Outside of Star Wars, Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, which he wrote and directed, earned six Oscar nominations, including best picture.
The director is currently in post on his small-budget dramedy, Next Goal Wins, for Fox Searchlight. He’ll also be behind Thor: Love and Thunder, the upcoming entry into the Thor universe, which is eying a late summer start of production and a Nov. 5, 2021 release date. Waititi also remains involved with Akira, Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the classic anime.
The newest theatrical Star Wars release, Rise of Skywalker, brought the latest trilogy to an end while also crossing the $1 billion mark. Many of the last several theatrical releases have had mixed receptions and have seemingly divided audiences.
There’s next to nothing known about the next films in development. Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss exited their planned trilogy in October and Rian Johnson, who directed The Last Jedi and was expected to develop his own trilogy but is now focusing on a sequel to his Oscar-nominated surprise hit, Knives Out.