Waititi Talks “Star Wars” & “Akira” Plans

Beloved Kiwi filmmaker and Oscar-winner Taika Waititi has cleared up some questions that have popped up in recent weeks regarding his schedule.

Waititi, who has been out on the awards circuit with “Jojo Rabbit” and directed an episode of “The Mandalorian,” has already wrapped filming on his soccer movie “Next Goal Wins” starring Michael Fassbender. He’s also currently prepping work on “Thor: Love and Thunder” which will shoot in the back half of 2020.

Waititi had been working on a live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s famed anime “Akira”, a project that has suffered various delays in its time. In addition, his name is being floated as a potential “Star Wars” film director sometime in the future.

In an interview with Variety this past weekend, Waititi revealed that he’s aware of the talk about him potentially doing “Star Wars,” but he says fans should lower their expectations – nothing is happening as yet, even though he’s very open to doing it:

“I wish there was a better story, I’ll put it that way. Are there discussions about the Star Wars film? Like, yeah, I discussed with my friends in 1996 how cool Star Wars was. That’s what they’re going off … I think people see me hanging out with people, especially with Star Wars, and think I’m having some big discussions about it. I would f—ing love to … If it was right. I would want to do any kind of movie if it made sense, and if it felt not like career suicide.”

As for “Akira,” he confirms that the new “Thor” has put it on hold and he’s not sure if the studio will wait for him:

“The whole thing went on hold. We had to keep pushing the dates, and it encroached on the Thor dates, which were immovable. So Akira ended up shifting two years down the track … Post-Thor. So I’m not sure if even in two years I’d be – I don’t know what I’m doing in f—ing two days … I think eventually it will happen. I’m just not sure if I’ll be doing it.”

“Next Goal Wins” is expected out later this year while “Thor: Love and Thunder” opens November 5th 2021.