Taika Waititi has become an in-demand director thanks to Thor: Ragnarok, with even a Star Wars film now dangling in front of him apparently.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was very complimentary of Waititi in a recent Star Wars: The Last Jedi press junket in New Zealand, opening the door for Waititi into the franchise.
“I would love for him to direct a Star Wars movie," Kennedy told Newshub. "I think he has exactly the right sensibility. Very exciting to see him step into the Marvel universe and do such an amazing job with Thor.”
You can watch the exchange here:
Waititi has not publicly responded to this public overture, but several months previously he was asked about the possibility of directing a Star Wars film and had reservations on how the original three Star Wars directors were removed from their films this year by Kennedy and Lucasfilm.
"Who would actually say no to Star Wars? Of course, I didn’t send that idea very seriously, it’s more that in light of all the things that were happening over the last couple of months, it would make me a little nervous," Waititi told Uproxx. "But I see both sides of it. It’s such a strong, established property - you recognize it and you recognize the tone with every one of those films. So I can kind of get why, on the studio side, why they feel they have a duty to keep it a certain way. And I’ve been lucky with Thor and Marvel that they can go off in any direction they want really."
Waititi is currently developing the stop-motion film Bubbles and co-writing a sequel to What We Do In the Shadow, while also confirms talks are underway for him to helm Warner Bros.'s live-action Akira adaptation.