Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi joked about ruining Star Wars for fans after Disney announced that he’s directing the next big feature film.
New Zealand director Taika Waititi has been handed some pretty massive Hollywood projects lately, especially after his vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows starring Flight Of The Conchords’ Jemaine Clement became a cult classic, he’s now been handed the next big Star Wars feature.
Star Wars fans were thrilled to learn that Thor: Ragnarok and Love and Thunder Taika Waititi will be directing the next major motion picture in the franchise.
Spielberg’s righthand woman, Kathleen Kennedy announced that the 45-year-old New Zealand film director is helming the next big Star Wars theatrical release.
“Our Star Wars theatrical slate is pushing forward into a new future era. As we announced recently we are currently developing a brand new Star Wars feature with acclaimed filmmaker, Academy Award winner Taika Waititi,” Kathleen Kennedy stated.
Adding: “Taika’s approach to Star Wars will be fresh, unexpected, and unique. His enormous talent and sense of humour will ensure audiences are in for an unforgettable ride. He’s currently hard at work writing this next adventure.”
Kennedy is revered as one of Hollywood’s greatest producers. She has worked extensively with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to bring films like Gremlins, Jurassic Park and many other films including the latest slate of Star Wars films to the big screen.
Taika Waititi later confirmed that he, in fact, will be directing the next big Star Wars film via Instagram and joked that he’s about to ruin it for the fans.
“What?? Ugh, as a longtime [sic] fan of Star Wars I’m so angry about what I’m about to do to ruin it,” Waititi wrote on Instagram.
The series of emojis following his comments have lead many to believe that the New Zealand director is clearly joking. Star Wars has one of the most loyalist and vocal fanbases and they aren’t exactly the easiest to please. Even George Lucas himself received flack for he prequel series.
Although Taika Waititi was joking about ruining the Star Wars franchise many fans are actually concerned that he might ruin the new film by “adding too much comedy” into it. The same criticism he received for Thor: Ragnarok.
At the moment there is very little information known about the new Star Wars film except that it is Disney’s next big blockbuster. It is likely that the film will release in time for the holidays in 2021.