Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has a major say in who directs (and gets fired from) Star Wars movies. Kennedy just had a video interview with Newshub in New Zealand (watch the clip below), and the reporter pitched Taika Waititi to mix the universes, going from Marvel to Star Wars.
Kennedy needed no convincing at all:
“I would love for him to direct a Star Wars movie. I think he has exactly the right sensibility. It was very exciting to see him step into the Marvel universe and do such an amazing job with Thor.”
Kennedy even quipped that Newshub should “let him know.” She and the reporter laughed, but Kennedy did say “yeah” when Newshub said it was kind of a job offer.
Waititi has addressed the idea in the past, seeming to be on both sides of the fence.
He told Uproxx he’s not an idiot — who would really say no to Star Wars? However, he also told the New York Times the franchise “seems really hard” and “There’s not much room for someone like me.” The Star Wars world may seem tough in that there’s been some recent director turnover — from the Han Solo movie to Episode IX — so he’s probably right to be slightly wary.
The next Star Wars movie on the docket is Episode VIII, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” directed by Rian Johnson, opening December 15. If Waititi has any questions about the franchise, Johnson is knee deep in it now, so he’d be the one to ask.
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