Taika Waititi And 1917's Co-Writer Are Writing The Next Star Wars Film

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As the world works through an international day of celebration for Star Wars, Disney has a bit of good news for all. The next Star Wars movie will be headed up by the actor and director of the Academy Award winning Jojo Rabbit and Thor Ragnarok, Taika Waititi.

Waititi will direct and co-write the film "for a theatrical release", Disney announced, which is more than reasonable given that this movie is at least a couple of years away. Waititi will be joined by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, the co-writer of the WW1 film 1917.

It comes after Waititi's role as director for the season finale of The Mandalorian, as well as his work directing Thor Ragnarok, which grossed $US854 million worldwide. If you were hoping for something you could watch from home, Disney has news on that front too: the writer of Russian Doll, Leslye Headland, will be writing and showrunning a new series for Disney+.

There's not much word on what that new series would entail, and Disney's release didn't mention what the name of the series would be. The current rumours, according to Variety, is that the show will "be a female-centric series" set in a different Star Wars timeline to the other ongoing series.

Disney also added that The Mandalorian season 2 was in post-production. Two previously announced series, one following Obi Wan-Kenobi between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and another focusing on Cassian Andor, would also be coming to Disney+.

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    Finally, a sequel to The Last Jedi!

      I quite enjoyed the cinematic adaptation of Dark Empire.


      TLJ was a horrendous mess.
      Couldn't bring myself to watch Solo or TROS. Which apparently we're as bad / worse (which is honestly hard to believe).

      The crazy thing is that Rian Johnson is a great director (Looper and Knives Out were both excellent).
      It has to be Disney who did this.

        Honestly I think Solo gets more flack then it deserves.
        I didn't mind it.
        Was it unnecessary? Sure.
        Was it "the worst"? No.
        But I just watched it on TV so hadn't paid to see it at the movies.
        Also I have been fine with the new movies (although haven't seen TROS yet for various reasons).
        Am I likely to rewatch them a bunch of times like I have the originals? Probably not. But I'm not a child which is who all the new movies since the prequels have been directed at. Also I still think the new movies are better than the prequels.

        TLJ is my favourite Star Wars movie, followed closely by Rogue One.

        Come at me.

          Rogue One was brilliant. Easily my favourite of this generation. My second favourite SW film behind ESB.

          TFA certainly wasn't bad imo... I had quite a lot of hope for the new trilogy after watching that. Rey seemed like a pretty cool character. And I was really intrigued by Snoke.

          I won't go into all the reasons I disliked TLJ. But I will say I'm very tired of hack journalists labeling anyone who disliked the film as women-hating nazi sympathisers.

          I'll try it again soon. I've been reading about some edits which apparently fix a lot of the problems I have with the film. As @gung-ho said below, the directing/cinematography was pretty good.

        The directing is fine.

        Technically, the directing is fine for all three of the new Star Wars movies.

        It's the writing where the movies fall flat which more than anything else is a production issue as Disney did not plan the trilogy beyond that it would be a trilogy.

        You'd think being the owners of the MCU and having seen how badly the DC movies have played out in terms of an on-going world with conjoining stories.

        The major plot developments in the new Star Wars movies were adhoc and strictly for the movie being written. I am certain if the major plot developments for the new trilogy were written from the start and then the rest written to fit that within the given movie, the movies would have played out far better.

          Yeah, I agree with this.

          Worth remembering that the comics were already written... so even where they didn't follow the same stories, they still had a general guide.

          The new Star Wars films appear to have been written by committee.. and we've ended up with movies which have tried to appeal to everyone but instead appeal to few.

    "FLUSH THE TOILET FOR GODSAKE"...another franchise down the shitter >:

    I'm hoping still to this day for a Darth Revan or Darth bane movie

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