TAIKA WAITITI Would Direct a STAR WARS Movie if it Wasn't 'Career Suicide'

Taika Waititi
Taika Waititi
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Updated February 12, 2020: Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi won't go in detail on whether he's met with Disney and Lucasfilm about directing a Star Wars movie - but he says he'd definitely consider making one.

"I think people see me hanging out with people, especially with Star Wars, and think I’m having some big discussions about it," Waititi told Variety after his Oscar win for 'Best Adapted Screenplay' for Jojo Rabbit. "I would f—ing love to. If it was right. I would want to do any kind of movie if it made sense, and if it felt not like career suicide."

By "hanging out with people," Waititi presumably refers to his work on The Mandalorian, the Disney+ Star Wars show in which he voiced IG-11 and directed the season finale. 

"I wish there was a better story, I’ll put it that way," he continued. "Are there discussions about the Star Wars film? Like, yeah, I discussed with my friends in 1996 how cool Star Wars was. That’s what they’re going off."

Waititi's comments are cryptic considering his ongoing involvement in The Mandalorian - however it's not the first time he's avoided addressing The Mandalorian directly when talking about potentially making a Star Wars movie. 

Updated February 10, 2020Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi is keeping mum on whether he'll direct a Star Wars film, as he was previously rumored to be in talks for. 

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight who asked the Jojo Rabbit filmmaker if he had been "approached" by Lucasfilm, Waititi said "Listen, what does 'approached' even mean? I've seen Star Wars, that's about as far as it got."

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That's an interesting non-denial denial, especially considering he voiced The Mandalorian character IG-11, and directed several episodes of the streaming series. It's unclear if Waititi is separating film and television/streaming work, or simply keeping his cards close to his chest.

Waititi won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit.

Original Story: Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi is in talks to direct a Star Wars film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Waititi voiced the character IG-11 in the Disney+ Star Wars streaming series The Mandalorian, and directed the critically acclaimed season finale.

THR states that the project could be the same film Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has been developing - and that its unclear where Waititi and Lucasfilm are in their talks.

The most recent Star Wars film, The Rise of Skywalker, is currently in theaters.

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