Taika Waititi is now a famous name amongst the Marvel Cinematic Universe fans after rejuvenating the Thor franchise with Thor: Ragnarok. And the director has now shared the dynamics behind his partnership with some blockbuster Disney franchises in a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he was promoting the fourth film of the Thor franchise, Thor: Love and Thunder.
Taika Waititi has a history of “ruining” franchises
The director/actor has been involved with big franchises in the recent past, be it writing and directing the last two Thor movies or having directed several episodes of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian for Disney+. But for the director, it’s just another part of his journey, a journey that began with him “ruining” Thor. For his latest expedition, he will embark on a journey of the cosmos and is set to work on an upcoming Star Wars film. When asked by Stephen Colbert about what the movie holds, he said nothing. He has kept his cards close to his heart. Waititi understands how big the project is and he’s willing to stay quiet if that means he can increase the hype around the project.
How Taika plans to “ruin” Star Wars
But the director has made it clear that he will be looking to “expand the universe“, an aim he wants to achieve by focusing on characters other than the ones already in the limelight. This will give him more room to make transitions in the tone of the film. And to the fans’ delight, the film already has a logo, which is stylized in a fashion that is reminiscent of both Ralph McQuarrie’s iconic concept art and specifically the animated sequence from the Star Wars Holiday Special.
Taika Waititi on status of his Star Wars movie:
“I’m trying to write the ‘Star Wars’ idea at the moment. I’ve got to see how that goes, because once I submit it, that might determine when it gets made or if it gets made, even.”
— Star Wars Holocron 🔜 D23 (@sw_holocron) June 30, 2022
But apart from this, not a lot is known about the films. And this prompted Colbert to ask, jokingly, “Are you going to ruin Star Wars?” It is well known that he loves to poke fun at online fans, something he did by saying, “I ruined Thor for you,” at the fans of Thor. So how was he going to miss the opportunity this time? Taika responded with a whole-hearted “Yes.” This means he has already set his eyes on “ruining” Star Wars. Fans of the Star Wars franchise would be hoping the same.
The Director has worked with Disney before
The Thor director has experience working with Disney before. He turned the Thor franchise on its head with the third installment, Thor: Ragnarok. The titular character seems like a different person, with Waititi making full use of Chris Hemsworth’s goofy nature and outstanding comedic timing. It’s not a shock that Thor looked like a different character in Ragnarok compared to the first two. And he believes he has bettered his own record with Love and Thunder.
He has also had the opportunity to directly engage with the Star Wars franchise, as he directed several episodes of The Mandalorian, directed by Jon Favreau. He’s also a member of the team of directors who oversaw The Mandalorian‘s first season, which began filming in 2018. And now Waititi is co-writing the film with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, best known for Sam Mendes’ 1917 and Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho. It seems like Taika is really set on ruining the Star Wars franchise and leading it in a new direction after the conclusion of the Skywalker saga.
The untitled film is currently set for a late 2023 release and has fans waiting for it.