- Taika Waititi confirms he won’t be involved in Thor 5, leaving fans speculating about who will direct the next installment.
- Waititi is focusing on his upcoming Star Wars film, which promises to bring something new to the franchise.
- Barry Keoghan expressed his desire to be a part of Waititi’s Star Wars project, highlighting the director’s respected status in Hollywood.
Taika Waititi updated fans on his involvement in Thor 5 and his upcoming Star Wars film. Recently, rumors have been making their way through the grapevine that Waititi will not be involved in future Thor movies, and the director clarified the reality of the situation.
Waititi found fame within the MCU fanbase following his 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok. The New Zealand director’s predominately comedic approach to the MCU was met with widespread support from fans and critics alike. However, his follow-up film, Thor: Love and Thunder, was much more polarizing. While fans felt the comedy of Ragnarok blended seamlessly into its story, many felt Thor: Love and Thunder‘s comedy felt forced and out of place. The movie was so polarizing that much of the MCU fanbase withdrew its support for future Thor projects to be led by Waititi.
During an interview with Business Insider, Waititi was asked about his potential involvement in the next Thor movie, to which he bluntly responded that he would not be involved. This is the first time that Waititi has directly addressed the topic, allowing fans to begin speculation on what mystery director will direct the MCU’s fifth Thor movie. However, the director also noted that he is continuing development on his future Star Wars movie, which is still in the writing stage.
I wouldn’t know if that’s accurate. I know that I won’t be involved … I’m going to concentrate on these other films that I’ve signed on for.
Waititi said previously that his Star Wars project will be entirely new within the universe, involving characters and locations unfamiliar to fans. This could be a breath of fresh air to the franchise, which has seen significant portions of its fanbase grow tired of the tried-and-true Skywalker storyline. The director has been open about his struggles finishing the script for his Star Wars movie. The legendary franchise’s films have a particular feel, and it’s hard to recreate that atmosphere without appearing too similar to previous movies.
This was seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which recreated the storyline seen in A New Hope. While it succeeded in creating an enjoyable, Star Wars-feeling movie, some fans thought it was erring too close to being unoriginal. It seems that Waititi wants to avoid this pitfall while still paying respect to the classic Star Wars formula, to some degree.
Talented actor Barry Keoghan clarified that he’s dying to be in Waititi’s Star Wars project. The director’s unique, entertaining filmography seems to command respect in Hollywood despite shortcomings with Thor: Love and Thunder. At a time when Star Wars is begging for a distinctive film to help reinvigorate the franchise, Waititi’s movie may come at the perfect time.
The Star Wars and Thor films are available on Disney Plus.
Star Wars is a multimedia franchise originally created by George Lucas and Lucasfilm Ltd with the 1977 motion picture. The science fiction franchise follows the adventures of characters (both humanoid and alien) in outer space including those who can wield a mystical power known as the Force. Since the release of the original trilogy movies, the franchise has expanded to include multiple films and branched out to other mediums like comics, video games, TV shows, theme park attractions, and more. The IP and Lucasfilm were sold to Disney in 2012.
Source: Business Insider