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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Bryce Dallas Howard honoured to direct episode of The Mandalorian

Bryce Dallas Howard was incredibly honoured to be asked to direct an episode of The Mandalorian.The highly-anticipated series will be Disney’s first live-action Star Wars TV show, and will air on the company’s new streaming service, Disney Plus, fr…

Bryce Dallas Howard was incredibly honoured to be asked to direct an episode of The Mandalorian.

The highly-anticipated series will be Disney’s first live-action Star Wars TV show, and will air on the company’s new streaming service, Disney Plus, from November.

Starring Pedro Pascal as the titular bounty hunter, the show is executive produced by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, who also worked on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels animated series. Bryce was stunned to be asked to direct an episode of the show and told Collider that she was fully supported by Jon and Dave throughout her time on set.

“It was awesome!” she gasped. “You know the God’s honest truth? Is that I had incredible support from Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau. It was so incredibly collaborative, and fun, and grounded.”

While sworn to secrecy over the details of her episode, she was able to discuss the reportedly revolutionary filming technology being used on The Mandalorian, which is spearheaded by the Iron Man actor and director.

Recalling a time on set when she was unable to film a scene exactly how she would’ve liked, she revealed that Jon was on hand to push the limits of what could be done.

“It was just so cool,” the 38-year-old gushed. “It’s extraordinary what is possible. There were so many times when I would be like, ‘It’s OK Jon, we can just do it that way.’ And he was like, ‘I just want to see if it’s possible.’

“That was really exciting.”

The Mandalorian is set three years after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and also stars Gina Carano, Werner Herzog, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, and Nick Nolte.

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Taika Waititi set to tackle animated Flash Gordon movie 

Taika Waititi has reportedly been tasked with revamping Flash Gordon for an animated movie.The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker has signed on to write and direct the project for Fox/Disney bosses, according to editors at Deadline. The news emerges four years a…

Taika Waititi has reportedly been tasked with revamping Flash Gordon for an animated movie.

The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker has signed on to write and direct the project for Fox/Disney bosses, according to editors at Deadline.

The news emerges four years after Matthew Vaughn was first tapped to take charge of the remake, only to step down last year to focus on his Kingsman franchise.

He remained attached as a producer as director Julius Avery was brought on board in October, but now studio officials have turned to Waititi to recreate the superhero story in animated form. It’s unclear if Vaughn is still involved.

Flash Gordon is based on the 1934 comic strip about an adventurer who battles a tyrannical ruler on the planet Mongo.

The character has appeared in various movies and TV series, portrayed by the likes of Buster Crabbe and Sam J. Jones.

Waititi is currently one of the busiest names in Hollywood, having recently completed production on his latest film Jojo Rabbit, as well as an episode of upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

The New Zealander was set to co-direct an animated movie about Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee Bubbles with Mark Gustafson too, but last month, it was reported that he had abandoned the project due to scheduling conflicts and his commitments to developing a live-action version of Japanese graphic novel Akira.

Written by Isaac Adamson, the script for Bubbles topped The Black List – an annual survey of “most liked” screenplays not yet produced – in 2015. The concept was focused on exploring Jackson’s life from Bubbles’ perspective.

In addition, Waititi is to direct an episode of Time Bandits, a TV adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1981 film.

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Taika Waititi exits film about Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee Bubbles

Taika Waititi has pulled out of a planned animated movie about Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee Bubbles.The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker and Mark Gustafson signed on to co-direct the project back in February 2017, with the rights later acquired by bosses at Ne…

Taika Waititi has pulled out of a planned animated movie about Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee Bubbles.

The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker and Mark Gustafson signed on to co-direct the project back in February 2017, with the rights later acquired by bosses at Netflix for a reported $20 million (£15 million).

However, editors at website Cartoon Brew reported on Thursday that Waititi was abandoning Bubbles due to scheduling conflicts, as he is also currently developing a live-action version of Japanese graphic novel Akira.

In addition, it was reported that Netflix is dropping the film from its slate too, as it was no longer a good fit for the streaming service without Waititi attached.

Written by Isaac Adamson, the script for Bubbles topped The Black List – an annual survey of “most liked” screenplays not yet produced – in 2015. The concept was focused on exploring Jackson’s life from Bubble’s perspective, and when he first announced his commitment to the movie, Waititi explained that he was “fascinated” by the idea.

“I’m not interested in making a biopic; I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world,” the 43-year-old commented. “This film is not about Michael Jackson because that’s not a story for me to tell – or a story I’d be comfortable telling – it’s about a chimpanzee’s fascinating journey through the complex jungle of human life… I think animation is the only way to approach a story like this.”

Yet, Gustafson recently dropped out of co-directing Bubbles so he could focus on working on Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pinocchio project, and in an interview with Deadline earlier this month, Waititi admitted that the feature was moving at a slow pace.

“That script has been around for a long time, and it’s a little bit stuck in the early stages of trying to figure out what it could be and what it would look like. It’s a f**king brilliant script, though,” he stated.

New Zealand-born Waititi has now completed production on his latest film Jojo Rabbit, and also helmed an episode of upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

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