The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson Excited About Taika Waititi’s Star Wars Movie

In a Might the Fourth to recollect, it was introduced that acclaimed filmmaker Taika Waititi shall be co-writing and directing an upcoming Star Wars film for theatrical launch, and The Final Jedi director Rian Johnson wasted no time in saying his pleasure for the undertaking. Along with helming 2017’s entry within the franchise, Johnson’s deliberate trilogy hasn’t but been canceled, although there have been few updates. As an alternative, Johnson has centered on different style honest, equivalent to final yr’s acclaimed whodunnit, Knives Out.

Johnson and Waititi have had deceptively parallel careers as indie-filmmakers-turned-genre-juggernauts. They each started their careers within the mid-’00s with profitable debuts on the Sundance Movie Pageant—for Johnson it was Brick in 2005 and for Waititi it was Eagle vs Shark in 2007. Then they each met common success on the identical time, helming massively profitable franchise movies in late 2017 (Star Wars: The Final Jedi and Thor: Ragnarok, respectively). They each additionally acquired their first Oscar nominations earlier this yr for writing the screenplays to smaller-scale dramedies that achieved important industrial success and viewers raves — Knives Out for Johnson and Jojo Rabbit for Waititi, which he even gained the Finest Tailored Screenplay Oscar for.

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So, it makes good sense that Johnson took to Twitter this afternoon to announce how excited he’s for Waititi’s entry into the Star Wars universe, noting he has “no concept” what sort of film will outcome from Waititi’s inventive imaginative and prescient, however that is the “most fun factor [he] can think about.

Waititi shall be co-writing this new Star Wars movie with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who additionally acquired a screenwriting Oscar nomination earlier this yr (for the Sam Mendes movie 1917). This would possibly not be Waititi’s first foray into the Star Wars universe, as he directed the season 1 finale of the Disney+ Star Wars sequence The Mandalorian and even acted in three episodes. The movie has no launch date but, and it must compete for time with a number of different Waititi tasks in numerous levels of growth. These embrace Thor: Love & Thunder, which was recently pushed back to 2022, and a long-rumored stay motion adaptation of the basic manga sequence Akira.

As for Johnson’s pleasure, it is unclear what that may imply to individuals. On the one hand, Star Wars: The Final Jedi was arguably essentially the most critically acclaimed of the 5 Star Wars movies produced since Disney’s buy of Lucasfilm in 2012 (it has a MetaCritic rating of 84), and it definitely did nicely on the field workplace. However then again, the movie angered a number of factions of Star Wars followers, lots of whom accused Johnson of not understanding numerous elements of the franchise. However Johnson additionally discovered a brand new legion of followers with Knives Out, and if he might help get these individuals excited for a brand new Star Wars film, then everybody wins.

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