With an impressive resume including What We Do in the Shadows (2014), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and more recently an episode of The Mandalorian (2019), director Taika Waititi is a hot commodity right now. And after his first ever Oscar win last night for his work helming Jojo Rabbit, fans are left eager to know what the New Zealand native has up next.
Besides the next Marvel installment, Thor: Love and Thunder, there has been gossip that Waititi could be tackling a galaxy far, far away again, with a report from The Hollywood Reporter last month claiming the beloved director had been "approached" to make a Star Wars film. Soon after word spread, Waititi himself took to Twitter to respond, hilariously sharing the artwork for Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours.
Well, considering Waititi has been out and about all award season, it's only expected he'd be asked to speak on the reports on the spot. As reported by CBR, the 44-year-old filmmaker spoke with Entertainment Tonight at the 2020 Oscars Nominee Luncheon on Jan. 27 (with the video being released Feb. 8), and basically debunked all the Star Wars chatter. Or, at least, he didn't seem interested in discussing it.
"Listen, what does 'approach' even mean?" he asked co-host Nischelle Turner. "I've seen Star Wars, that's about as far as it goes." Well, that's that I guess.
Fans will no doubt keep holding out hope that perhaps Waititi is just playing coy on all the rumors, but in the meantime, he does have a few projects confirmed to be in the works. Of course, Thor: Love and Thunder is set to hit theaters in 2021, and the Korg actor is also directing a movie called Next Goal Wins, as well as a TV series adaption of Time Bandits.
We'll be on the lookout to see if his list of upcoming works expands anytime soon!