Taika Waititi, the New Zealand filmmaker of “Jojo Rabbit” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” will direct a new “Star Wars” film.
Waititi had for months been anticipated to take the reins of the galaxy far, far-off, having already directed the season finale of the “Star Wars” streaming spinoff “The Mandalorian”. The Walt Disney Co., nonetheless, waited till the franchise’s unofficial vacation, May the Fourth, to make Waititi’s rent official.
Waititi will co-write the film with Krysty Wilson-Cains, who wrote the World War I thriller “1917” with Sam Mendes. Both Waititi and Wilson-Cains have been screenplay nominees on the Academy Awards earlier this yr; Wilson-Cains for the unique script to “1917” and Waititi for his tailored Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbit.” Waititi gained.
The announcement doubtlessly suggests the new path ahead for “Star Wars” theatrical movies following appreciable upheaval in Lucasfilm’s improvement plans. Last October, “Game of Thrones” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss departed from their deliberate trilogy. Rian Johnson, director of “The Last Jedi,” was creating a separate trilogy, however its standing is unclear. Johnson has as an alternative been targeted on a sequel to his 2019 film, “Knives Out.”
In December, Lucasfilm wrapped up the Skywalker saga with the discharge of “The Rise of Skywalker.” While that launch was the worst reviewed of the earlier eight “Star Wars” movies, and never as sturdy on the field workplace, it nonetheless grossed $1.08 billion.
To assist rejuvenate the franchise, Disney has turned to Marvel president Kevin Feige, who produced Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” and Jon Favreau, creator of the well-received “The Mandalorian.”
“The Mandalorian,” for which a 3rd season is reportedly already within the works, has additionally opened up different sequence choices for “Star Wars.” Shows in improvement embrace spinoffs for Obi-Wan Kenobi starring Ewan McGregor and for “Rogue One” based mostly on the character Cassian Andor.
Disney added one other sequence to its plans Monday, saying that Leslye Headland, the co-creator and govt producer of the acclaimed Netflix sequence “Russian Doll,” can be creating a new “Star Wars” sequence for Disney Plus.
No launch date was set for both venture.