Taika smiling looking at a camera.

Taika Waititi on the set of Thor: Love and Thunder.
Image: Marvel Studios

Flashback to May 4, 2020. That was the day the official Star Wars web site introduced that current Oscar winner Taika Waititi was going to make a Star Wars film, one he’d direct and co-write together with Oscar nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns. A number of months after that, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy reconfirmed Waititi’s venture, calling it a “fresh, unique, and unexpected” film within the franchise and revealed a silly-looking purple emblem.

Now, from all of that, one would count on Waititi had some common sense of what the film was going to be about. Maybe not a full script however a pitch, an overview, an thought. Something that will make Kennedy inform individuals who personal Disney inventory that it’s “fresh, unique, and unexpected.” And but, in current months, the one factor that’s sudden is the actual fact Waititi makes it sound like there’s no thought in any respect.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the director of this week’s Thor: Love and Thunder was requested concerning the pattern of Star Wars tasks being deserted and the response was attention-grabbing. “Might happen to me,” Waititi exclaimed. “And I think Taika [of] 10 years ago would be so panicked and nervous at the prospect of that. But if it’s not right, it’s not right. If it’s not ready, it’s not ready. [With] Star Wars, I don’t want to rush. It’s something I wouldn’t want to just leap into and not feel that it’s unique, it’s my film, and it makes sense. Because that would be a disaster. I’m writing at the moment. So I’m gonna do my best to come up with an idea that everyone loves.”

So, wait, there isn’t an thought? See the place the confusion is? It will get even weirder if you recall, just a few weeks again, Waititi equally hedged his bets by explaining that he needed to do one thing new with the franchise, however didn’t fairly know what it could be. “Look, I think for the Star Wars universe to expand, it has to expand,” he stated to Total Film. “I don’t think that I’m any use in the Star Wars universe making a film where everyone’s like, ‘Oh great, well that’s the blueprints to the Millennium Falcon, ah that’s Chewbacca’s grandmother.’ That all stands alone, that’s great, though I would like to take something new and create some new characters and just expand the world, otherwise it feels like it’s a very small story.”

Rolling Stone talked about this quote to Waititi, stating that if he actually does wish to go away from Star Wars tropes, possibly the film doesn’t even have to be “Star Wars.” Waititi agreed. “You know what? Whoever said that is actually probably right,” he stated. “Now that I think about it. Like as you were saying that, I was like, ‘Yeah, if you take away all of the Star Wars stuff, it’s not Star Wars.’ So I retract my thing that I said a couple of weeks ago!”

So what’s the reality? Does Waititi have an thought, or is he nonetheless formulating one? Is it potential an thought was settled on two years in the past however has since been reworked for some cause? Are these quotes simply Waititi’s means of placing us off the scent? Is it potential this venture goes the way in which of the Rian Johnson trilogy, Colin Trevorrow’s Episode 9, or Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Solo? It’s loads to consider and sadly, Lucasfilm couldn’t give us a remark. Seems like, for now, we’ll simply have to attend and see if and after we get an actual replace. Maybe we’re simply being messed with.

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