It's been a rough couple of months to be a Star Wars director.
Yesterday, news broke that Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow is no longer at the helm of Episode IX, the last installment of the new trilogy of films that grew out of Lucasfilm's Disney era. That news came just weeks after Phil Lord and Chris Miller departed the Han Solo spin-off film, which was already deep into production, only to be replaced by Ron Howard. In both cases Lucasfilm cited "creative differences" as the reason for the split, and while everyone is playing nice publicly, reports abound of ongoing clashes between the directors and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.
The public perception is that Lucasfilm is seeking to hire directors who'll stay very closely in the fold, safe choices who will bring the films in with no major creative risk. Taika Waititi, the acclaimed director of What We Do in the Shadows and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, does not seem like such a choice. Yes, he's a professional, but he's also a comedic whirlwind who's made Ragnarok look like a positively bonkers experience thus far.
Because Waititi's blockbuster star is rising, though, it was inevitable that someone somewhere on the internet would bring up his name as a potential replacement for Trevorrow. A Waititi-led Star Wars flick could certainly be a blast, but here's how the director responded when a fan brought it up to him on Twitter.
Honestly, we shouldn't read this as anything more than a playful joke on Waititi's part. Playful jokes are kinda his thing on social media, and as a Marvel director he's already also part of the Disney family. Still, don't expect him to step up to the Lucasfilm plate at the moment.
As for who will actually step up and take over Episode IX, reports circulating today point to two already established Star Wars directors: J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson.