Make a list of the five hottest directors in Hollywood right now, and Taika Waititi would almost certainly be on it. Thor: Ragnarok, his first major blockbuster, was a massive hit at the box office, and he was praised for revitalizing the Thor franchise with a bright, cosmic action-comedy. So, it makes sense that he'd probably have his pick of projects in the future. As the buzz for Ragnarok spiked, a fan suggested that Waititi replace Colin Trevorrow to helm Star Wars Episode IX, to which the director replied that he prefers to "complete [his] films."
Waititi's comments apparently made their way back to Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, because she'd like to throw a potential movie his way anyway.
Speaking with New Zealand's NewsHub while promoting Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Kennedy assured the publication that she's a huge fan of Waititi's work on Thor, and would love to have him cross Disney franchises to come aboard Lucasfilm.
"I would love for him to direct a Star Wars movie," she said.
"I think he has exactly the right sensibility. It was very exciting to see him step into the Marvel universe and do such an amazing job with Thor."
According to NewsHub, she even urged the publication to "let him know" that she's interested, and when pressed if she was actually ready to make a real offer to Waititi, she said, "Yeah," with a laugh.
What makes this a little more interesting is that, after saying on Twitter that he wouldn't do a Star Wars film, Waititi clarified to Uproxx that he was only kidding.
"Look, I’m not an idiot. Who would actually say no to Star Wars? Of course, I didn’t send that idea very seriously, it’s more that in light of all the things that were happening over the last couple of months, it would make me a little nervous."
It's not clear if, or when, this fan-favorite partnership would ever actually happen. Waititi is presently working on a World War II film called Jojo Rabbit, and he's also been reportedly tapped to reboot Akira for Warner Bros. That's a very big project that'll likely be in pre-production and design for some time. A Star Wars film could be many years off, but if Kennedy and Waititi can actually set up time to chat, there might be a creative spark.
What do you think? Does Star Wars need Taika Waititi?