'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Is Not Looking To Tackle Star Wars

The Star Wars saga shows no sign of slowing, with three new films on their way and the potential that many more will follow. Despite director Taika Waititi taking a crack at a big budget action movie with Thor: Ragnarok, he recently revealed to The New York Times that he isn't interested in developing a Star Wars films.

"That particular franchise seems really hard,” Waititi shared of the prospect. “There’s not much room for someone like me.”

The director's comments are a follow-up from comments he made about taking on a Star Wars movie on Twitter.

“Lolz, I like to complete my films,” Waititi replied to a fan who suggested he take on directing duties. “I’d be fired within a week.”

Waititi made a name for himself in the comedy world with comedies like Boy, What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Marvel Cinematic Universe mastermind Kevin Feige has always been a big fan of absurdist comedy, with Waititi's comedic efforts landing him on Feige's radar.

Feige's gamble of tapping the indie comedy filmmaker has seemingly paid off, as the film currently sits at 97% positive reviews on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. This is a marked improvement on the previous solo Thor adventure, as Thor: The Dark World only achieved a 66% positive rating. Additionally, the movie is tracking to earn nearly $125 million in its opening weekend.

The past few months have been tumultuous in the world of Star Wars, beginning with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller departing the Han Solo spinoff film with only a few weeks left of principal photography. Reportedly, the minds behind the 21 Jump Street films and The LEGO Movie were taking their improvisational filmmaking style too far into the realm of comedy for the Han Solo adventure. Ron Howard came on to take over the rest of the shoot, which wrapped up earlier this month.

The creative conflicts continued when Lucasfilm announced that Colin Trevorrow, who was attached direct Episode IX, would no longer be working on the film. Shortly after, it was announced that J.J. Abrams would return to the saga to direct the final part of this new trilogy.

The next installment in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, will hit theaters December 15.

[H/T The New York Times]

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