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Taika Waititi Provides An Update On His Star Wars Movie

Entertainment Tonight published an interview with Taika Waititi yesterday and in it Waititi was of course asked about his Star Wars movie, which was announced all the way back in 2020. What did Waititi say? Click through for the full story!

The state of Star Wars movies in 2023

When asked about the Star Wars movie Waititi had this to say:

“At the moment, I’m still developing something with them. Like me, they have a lot of projects going on. I think they’re gonna push it until I finish these other projects. I’ve got about four other scripts that I’m trying to finish. My thing is I want to take my time with that and get it right. I don’t want to rush this movie.”

So let that sink in. The movie was announced more than 3 years ago. And in all this time Waititi did exactly… nothing for Star Wars (more or less), in fact, he’s still “developing something” with Lucasfilm. Again, after more than three full years.

And then he says he would rather finish four other projects first before he tackles Star Wars. Imagine that: someone gets the chance to write and direct a Star Wars movie, one of the most popular movie franchises of all time with a massive fanbase. And three years later not only is there nothing to show for, no, the person hired quips he’d rather finish four other projects first. In what universe is Star Wars not getting priority?

Of course we have all seen and heard this before. I suppose Rian Johnson is also still “developing something” with Lucasfilm, when in fact his announced trilogy from all the way back in 2017 will of course never see the light of day. And Taika Waititi’s Star Wars project will also never see the light of day either. Even though back in April Kathleen Kennedy, when asked about the movie, said that it will definitely happen, but that Taika is just “a little slow“. Cue the canned sitcom laughter.
Maybe all parties involved want to save face. Waititi, the Oscar winning director who used to be everyone’s darling, has received a lot of criticism after Thor: Love & Thunder and how he chose to make an irreverent silly comedy and turned Thor into a joke character. Both of which would be an incredibly bad fit for any Star Wars movie.

Waititi is already out at Marvel. Thor 5 will not be written or directed by him, which he directly confirmed in an interview with Business Insider earlier this week. Thor 5 is rumored to be in pre production or development at least, but Waititi quipped that he will certainly not be involved, at least not for the next six years (since he has to finish all his other projects first of course which are so much more important than Star Wars). With how things are going Waititi’s fabled Star Wars movie would probably be released in the early 2030s…

So Lucasfilm has yet more vapor ware that never materializes, even if the parties involved claim otherwise. How many announced and then quietly (or not so quietly) cancelled projects is that now?

And you may have heard it already… a few days ago Kevin Feige officially pronounced his mystery Star Wars project “dead”. Well, he merely said “no” when the interviewer asked him if his fabled Star Wars movie will happen. At least he didn’t beat about the bush like some other people. I suppose Feige has other things to attend to at the moment anyway, like saving the MCU from the brink of complete disaster and failure. Who would have thought back in 2019 that in record breaking time the Marvel Cinematic Universe would completely unravel and be in a much worse state than Star Wars.
In week 2 of its release Loki season 2 is still lagging episode 2 of season 1 by 5 million views… and was beaten by Ahsoka in its second week of release. And believe it or not: with how super inflated The Marvel’s budget is (latest confirmed number is $272 million, plus 100 million marketing) that movie may actually become Disney’s biggest flop this year, beating Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny quite handily, in fact, The Marvels has a good chance to be an even bigger box office bomb than John Carter, only the worst Disney box office bomb ever. The Marvels will be lucky if it even reaches $250 million worldwide at the end of its theatrical run. Solo: A Star Wars Story was a massive box office hit in comparison – that movie made $393 million worldwide. How the mighty have fallen.

Waititi interview with ET Online
Business Insider article about Waititi not being involved with Thor 5

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