Taika Waititi Jokes About Ruining Star Wars by Filming the Jar Jar Binks story
One of Lucasfilm's upcoming instalments in the ever-expanding Star Wars franchise will be helmed by Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi. While he has not been able to discuss the details of his planned film, he recently joked about it centering on the prequel trilogy's infamous Jar Jar Binks.
In an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Waititi was asked if he would ruin the franchise. He responded, "No I’m not [going to ruin Star Wars]. No I’m not. What if I was like, yeah, I’m going to give you the Jar Jar Binks story."
It's uncertain where in development Waititi's Star Wars project is. In a recent interview, the filmmaker explained, "I'm still writing. I'm still coming up with the ideas and storylining it and just wanted to make sure that it feels like a Star Wars film... Because, I could say, 'Oh yeah, we'll just write any old thing and set in space and then put Star Wars on the front.' But it wouldn't be a Star Wars film without certain elements and a certain treatment, so I've just got to make sure that it stays within that wheelhouse."
It may be assumed Waititi's Star Wars film will not take place in the story's past, but rather in its future, following the events of Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker. That is according to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who previously stated, "We're moving further beyond the existing sequels as we look to our movie space... The sequel era is what we talk a lot about in terms of where we're going with our movies, and just how far out from that we’ll go. That's very much the space we’re concentrating on."
Until the next film is announced, Star Wars fans can look forward to a collection of upcoming live-action shows that will release on Disney+. These include Andor, Ahsoka, Skeleton Crew, The Acolyte and Lando, many of which have been confirmed to take place prior to the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Andor, for example, is set to take place five years before the events of Rogue One. The series is currently scheduled to be released on Disney+ on Aug. 31.
There is currently no release date for Taika Waititi's untitled Star Wars film.