After Previously Declaring It Will “Piss People Off”, Taika Waititi Says He Wants His ‘Star Wars’ Film To “Capture That Joy And Entertainment” Of Original Trilogy
In continuing to earn his spot as one of, if not the most disingenuous director working in Hollywood today, after previously declaring that his upcoming Star Wars film would “piss people off”, Taika Waititi has since claimed that he wants the project “to capture that joy and entertainment” of George Lucas’ original trilogy.
The now former Thor series director spoke to his supposed approach to his upcoming outing in a galaxy far, far away during a November 22nd appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Following a brief discussion regarding his new film Next Goal Wins, Waititi was eventually asked by the talk show’s eponymous host, “I heard that maybe you’re doing Star Wars, are you going to do Star Wars?”, to which he confirmed, “Yeah I’ve been developing that for a few years with them.”
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However, in light of the film’s lack of progress, the director then informed Clarkson, “But I think, you know, with any film but that one in particular, it’s something I’d really like to get right, so I don’t want to rush it, so I’m just going to bubble along on the side.”
To that end, Waititi then turned to expound on his overall approach to the film, telling his host, “I want to capture that, you know, that joy and entertainment of those early [Star Wars films] like Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and all those ones”.
“So, I’m trying to figure that out,” he added, before ultimately assuring Clarkson that his film “will happen”.
As noted above, Waititi’s latest attempt to promote his upcoming Star Wars film comes just a little under two weeks after he proudly boasted that he was willingly developing it in a way that would infuriate fans.
Speaking to Variety on the red carpet ahead of the world premiere of the aforementioned Next Goal Wins, the director asserted that his entry in the once-beloved franchise “will be … dramatic pause… a Taika Waititi film. It’s gonna piss people off.”
While it’s not impossible that a new film could ‘recapture’ the magic of the original Star Wars trilogy whilst simultaneously infuriating certain audiences, namely those who absolutely lap up everything related to Disney’s abysmal shepherding of the franchise, both Waititi’s track record with and general attitude towards the concept of established canons does not inspire confidence in his attempt to do so.
After all, this is not only the same man who ran completely roughshod over nearly aspect of the MCU’s Thor series with his flippant and self-aggrandizing handling of Ragnarok and Love and Thunder, but also proudly taunted his willingness to “ruin your mythos in a minute, baby”.
As of writing, Waititi’s Star Wars film has yet to confirm any details regarding its script, cast, crew, or potential release date.
Giving his most substantial recent progress report on its production to The Hollywood Reporter in May, the director explained, “I’ve got a really good idea for it It’s just as with all films, it’s this middle part.”
“You’re like, ‘What’s going to happen?’,” said Waititi. “And then you look at all of those films that are so great, you’re like, ‘Well, I guess they can’t meet some smuggler with an alien sidekick.’”