Taika Waititi denies Star Wars film rumours - and would only consider it if it wasn't "career suicide"
In an interview with Variety, Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi poured cold water on those rumours that he was in talks to direct a future Star Wars film - and his response doesn't give us much hope despite his love of the films.
Waititi said "I wish there was a better story ... 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."
He did say he'd love to direct an instalment in the franchise if the opportunity arose BUT only “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.”
That final clarification says a huge amount about the perception creators now have of the franchise and some of the fans. While we're sure Waititi is a strong enough director and person to ride out the inevitable backlash from someone within fandom, he's not the first creator to suggest that heading up a Star Wars project doesn't come without some very negatives.
There was a time, a few years ago, that directors would be lining up to have a play in George Lucas' galaxy but increasingly toxic fandom over the last half decade has made the prospect of creating new stories in the Star Wars universe less enticing.