Is Taika Waititi ready to venture to a galaxy far, far away?
That’s the word coming from The Hollywood Reporter, with sources telling the outlet that the director of Oscar-nominee “JoJo Rabbit” and Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” has been approached by Disney about developing a “Star Wars” movie.
Disney and Lucasfilm, which produces the “Star Wars” films, had no comment.
While THR‘s report is unverified for the time being, what is known is that the studio plans to push the pause button on any new “Star Wars” features for the next little while.
In November 2019, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed during an internal Disney earnings call that the franchise would go “into a hiatus” following the release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, which was released last month.
“Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were originally tapped to helm a new film trilogy set within the “Star Wars” universe. After the pair signed a massive deal with Netflix — reported to be in the range of $200 million — they decided to pull out of the project, citing time constraints.
“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix project. So we are regretfully stepping away,” the pair told Deadline.
“We love ‘Star Wars’. When George Lucas built it, he built us too,” the added. “Getting to talk about ‘Star Wars’ with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything.”