On May the 4th, Disney/LucasFilm Announced that Academy Award winner Taika Waititi would be directing and co-writing a Star Wars movie

Written by: Ryan Nilsen – May 4th, 2020 7:34pm pst

PTN Loves Star Wars: Taika Waititi

Fans of a galaxy far, far away have more reason to celebrate May the 4th (Star Wars Day) with news that Disney/LucasFilm officially announced Academy Award-winning writer Taika Waitit will be directing and co-writing with an upcoming Star Wars Movie with 1917 writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Waititi is the perfect director to make the next Star Wars movie because of his film repertoire, his work on The Mandalorian, and his lack of constraints to the universe as a whole! 

Talking about Star Wars can sometimes be like talking politics: everyone is passionate about how they feel and a lot of people disagree with one-another. Disney/LucasFilm has had their work cut out for them trying to satisfy multiple generations of fans of the franchise spanning over 40 years and though the majority of their films have been blockbuster winners, troubled productions and story-direction changes have resulted in a steady box-office decline with the last two movie outings. Solo: A Star Wars Story grossed a total of $393.2 mil on a reported $500 mil budget and Rise of Skywalker grossing 1.001 billion, which appears as an obvious success, but it is actually the lowest grossing film of the sequel-trilogy.

Enter: Taika Waititi. In the last six years Taika Waititi has gone from directing an indie vampire mocu-mentary comedy with What We Do In The Shadows to directing smash blockbuster success Thor: Ragnarok and Academy Award winning satire JoJo Rabbit. Taika made his first appearance in Star Wars this November in The Mandalorian on Disney+ playing the droid character IG-11 and directing the fantastic finale of the series fittingly titled “Redemption”. From insecure New Zealander-Vampires searching for friends to a Hitler-youth World War II satire that made grown men cry, Waititi’s filmmaking repertoire contains variety also consisting of a similar comedic quirky tone.

Another reason Waititi is the perfect pick to direct is from what he did with the finale of The Mandalorian. There are so many memorable sequences like the scout trooper banter, the epic action set-piece containing dozens of Storm Troopers closing in on a hut with Mando and Baby Yoda, the emotional IG-11 sacrifice, the Tie Fighter-Jet Pack sequence. This episode was daring, emotional, and action-packed! We need that energy in the next Star Wars film.

The last reason is creative freedom. In any major franchise a director is expected to “play ball” with a studio, there is no escaping that. However, up until now every Star Wars film has somewhat been related to the Skywalker Saga in some way, shape, or form with the 9 Episodic films, Rogue One (a literal prequel to A New Hope), and Solo which centers around one of the most famous characters we’ve seen. Waititi has proven he can play ball in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor: Ragnarok and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder! There has been little to no indication that Waititi’s film will be tied to any of these familiar characters or time periods, giving Waititi a lot more room to play around with a story from another time period.

We could not be more excited to hear more details on Waititi’s Star Wars film! 

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About The Author:

Ryan Nilsen is the head of the Popcorn Talk Network as well as a host/producer for AfterBuzz TV. He has 4 years of Television and Filmmaking experience, starting in production on Daytime talkshows in New York City and Philadelphia.

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