"I like to complete my films."
By Robert Marrujo:: While Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story both did gangbusters at the box office and garnered a ton of solid reviews, it's becoming apparent as of late that Disney runs a very tight ship when it comes to that galaxy far, far away. The most recent sign of this was the firing of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the original directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Their more free-spirited take on the Star Wars mythos proved too much of an ideological split between the duo and Disney, resulting in the directors' departure and the instatement of Ron Howard in their place.
This hasn't escaped the attention of Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, who recently spoke about the prospect of directing a Star Wars film with The New York Times.
"In the summer — right before Waititi, dressed in a crisp pineapple-print shirt-and-shorts combo, delivered a bravura performance at San Diego Comic-Con — the directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were let go from the 'Star Wars' Han Solo film. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the directors’ improvisational style didn’t play well with the screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan or Lucasfilm executives, who in a news release cited 'different creative visions' for the split. A fan suggested on Twitter that Waititi should direct a 'Star Wars' movie. 'Lolz, I like to complete my films,' Waititi replied. 'I’d be fired within a week.'
'That particular franchise seems really hard,' he elaborated in September. 'There’s not much room for someone like me.' Through its narrow canon, the tone of 'Star Wars' has always been determinedly self-serious, whereas the Marvel movies, like the decades of comics they sprang from, veer wildly from high drama to low comedy. And improvisation has been a tool in every Marvel movie since Robert Downey Jr. riffed his way through 'Iron Man.'
'They want new voices and different ways of telling stories,' he says. 'All the work to do with actors, all the rescripting stuff in the moment — that’s what I want to do, really. I’m always going to leave the CG stuff up to someone else.'"
It's essentially the philosophies of Marvel and DC in a nutshell to compare the paths of Waititi and Miller and Lord. Star Wars has yet to deliver a disaster on-screen or at the box office, of course, so it's not like Disney is "wrong" to craft its Star Wars films as it has thus far, but it is interesting to see such wildly different methodologies of making films between Disney and Marvel considering the former owns the latter.
Early buzz for Thor: Ragnarok is very strong and will likely continue the blazing hot streak that Marvel has been on for years now. Whether or not a Waititi type of director will ever be able to make their mark on the universe George Lucas built is anyone's guess, but it might be fun just to see Disney give one a shot.