Earlier this week, when EW spoke to Taika Waititi about his multiple Oscar nominations for Jojo Rabbit, we also chatted about a little show he worked on called The Mandalorian. The New Zealand-born director voiced IG-11 in the Disney+ series and directed the season 1 finale, and at the time, he told EW that he hoped The Mandalorian wouldn’t be his last voyage to a galaxy far, far away, calling the show “one of the great filming experiences for me.”
“I cherish that moment, and I hope that I get to do it again,” he added.
Now it looks like he might be getting that chance: A new report from The Hollywood Reporter says that the Thor: Ragnarok director has been approached about potentially developing a new Star Wars movie.
Representatives for Disney and Waititi did not respond to EW’s request for comment, but if true, this would be the first new indication of what Star Wars’ big-screen future might look like after The Rise of Skywalker. Disney and Lucasfilm closed out the long-running Skywalker saga with TROS, and although Disney’s theatrical release calendar has three untitled Star Wars films penciled in for December of 2022, 2024, and 2026, no official film plans have been announced yet.
As for Waititi, he responded to the Star Wars reports by tweeting a very apt reference to a certain seminal 1977 Fleetwood Mac album:
Last year, Disney tapped Marvel boss Kevin Feige to help develop a new Star Wars movie, and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson told EW earlier this week that he’s still in conversation with Lucasfilm about a Star Wars follow-up. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss were previously on board to make a new Star Wars trilogy, but they exited that project in October.
In the meantime, Star Wars has increasingly turned its eyes to television: A second season of The Mandalorian is now in production, and prequel spin-off series are being developed around the characters Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor).
Waititi himself is currently busy working on his next projects, the soccer film Next Goal Wins and the Marvel sequel Thor: Love and Thunder.