Taika Waititi in talks to direct new Star Wars movie – report

Taika Waititi has reportedly been approached by Lucasfilm bosses to direct a new Star Wars movie.The filmmaker is in negotiations to join the as-yet-untitled project after he wraps production on Thor: Love and Thunder for Marvel Studios, according to e…

Taika Waititi has reportedly been approached by Lucasfilm bosses to direct a new Star Wars movie.

The filmmaker is in negotiations to join the as-yet-untitled project after he wraps production on Thor: Love and Thunder for Marvel Studios, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

Waititi is no stranger to the sci-fi franchise, as he directed the last episode of The Mandalorian for Disney+, which was well-received by audiences.

The New Zealander also voiced the bounty hunter IG-11 on the show, which starred Pedro Pascal as the titular character, and saw the debut of the viral sensation, Baby Yoda.

Back in October, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss abandoned their planned Star Wars trilogy in favour of developing projects at Netflix, leaving the future of the iconic sci-fi saga in doubt.

Negotiations are in the early stages, and it’s not yet known if the Star Wars movie will be for the big screen, or for Disney’s newly launched streaming service.

Waititi, 44, recently landed six Academy Award nominations for his critically-acclaimed World War II satire Jojo Rabbit, including Best Picture, and has just finished production on sports comedy Next Goal Wins, starring Michael Fassbender.

He is also attached to direct Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of Akira, a Japanese cyberpunk manga comic book series, and is currently preparing to start filming on the fourth movie in the hugely successful Thor franchise.

Chris Hemsworth will be reprising his role as the Norse god for the Marvel blockbuster, alongside Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, and rumoured newcomer Christian Bale, who may be playing a villain.

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Taika Waititi: ‘Michael Fassbender is a comic revelation’

Taika Waititi believes Michael Fassbender should stop doing dramas because he is a “comic revelation”.The New Zealand filmmaker has completed production on the upcoming sports comedy Next Goal Wins, which follows the true story of unorthodox Dutch-Amer…

Taika Waititi believes Michael Fassbender should stop doing dramas because he is a “comic revelation”.

The New Zealand filmmaker has completed production on the upcoming sports comedy Next Goal Wins, which follows the true story of unorthodox Dutch-American coach Thomas Rongen, played by Fassbender, who tries to help the American Samoa football team, considered one of the weakest football teams in the world, qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.

And Waititi is overjoyed with the movie, which also stars Elisabeth Moss, Armie Hammer, and Rhys Darby, and told Deadline that it was one of the best experiences of his life.

“It’s one of the happiest shoots I’ve ever been on. It’s a 99 per cent Polynesian cast; Michael Fassbender is a comic revelation,” he shared. “I think he should just stop doing dramas from now on because he’s so funny, and so good at improvising. To me, it was a real revelation.”

The 44-year-old, who recently landed two Academy Award nominations for his satire Jojo Rabbit, co-wrote the screenplay with Iain Morris, and filming took place in Hawaii last year.

Waititi also shared that shooting Next Goal Wins, which is based on the 2014 documentary of the same name, was a totally different experience to that of his upcoming Thor blockbuster.

“With the Thor film, I can’t share much, for obvious reasons. We’re going to be writing all the way up until we shoot, and then throughout the shoot,” he explained.

Chris Hemsworth is reprising his role as the Norse god for Thor: Love and Thunder, alongside Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman, while Christian Bale is rumoured to be playing the villain.

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Taika Waititi to direct Next Goal Wins adaptation before Thor 4

Taika Waititi will direct a movie adaptation of documentary Next Goal Wins before he takes on Thor: Love and Thunder.The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker is gearing up to premiere his satire Jojo Rabbit at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in …

Taika Waititi will direct a movie adaptation of documentary Next Goal Wins before he takes on Thor: Love and Thunder.

The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker is gearing up to premiere his satire Jojo Rabbit at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September and is slated to begin filming Thor: Love and Thunder, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tessa Thompson, in Australia in March 2020.  

Now, editors at Variety have revealed that the New Zealand-born director has taken on another project which will fit in between the two, as it begins shooting in the autumn.    

The film is believed to be a movie adaptation of Next Goal Wins, a 2014 documentary which follows Dutch coach Thomas Rongen as he attempts the nearly impossible task of turning the American Samoa soccer team from perennial losers into winners.  

Actor/director Andy Serkis and his producing partner Jonathan Cavendish optioned the rights to the documentary in 2015 and brought it to the Hunt for the Wilderpeople helmer, who signed on alongside producer Garrett Basch. They previously worked together on the TV spin-off of Waititi’s movie What We Do in the Shadows. Serkis and Cavendish will produce via their Imaginarium Productions banner.  

Waititi is adapting the film with writer/producer Iain Morris, who is best known for British sitcom The Inbetweeners and the show’s spin-off films.   

When he signed on to direct another Thor film, the 43-year-old was forced to postpone his plans to make a live-action version of Japanese graphic novel Akira, as Marvel bosses wanted him to shoot in early 2020. 

He also has a number of other projects in the pipeline, including developing an animated Flash Gordon movie, directing an episode of Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian, and writing and directing a TV show spin-off of 1981 sci-fi movie Time Bandits. 

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