Taika Waititi is one of the busiest men in Hollywood.
The New Zealand native has become one of the most sought-after writers/directors in the business thanks to his work on movies like What We Do in the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok, Thor: Love and Thunder and Jojo Rabbit, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
He is currently working on a new Star Wars movie.
Even though his status as a respected filmmaker is already solid, he isn't concerned with leaving a legacy.
“People are so obsessed with likes or leaving behind a legacy, being remembered," he told The Hollywood Reporter.
"Here’s the thing: No one’s going to remember us. What’s the name of the director of Casablanca? Arguably one of the greatest films of all time. No one knows his name. How the fuck do I expect to be remembered? So who cares?
“Let’s just live, make some movies. They’ll be obsolete and irrelevant in 15 or 20 years. And so will I, and then I’ll die and someone else can do it. This whole idea of chasing, chasing, chasing this life. It’s like, do we have to actually work this hard? Maybe not.”
Waititi's Star Wars
Not a lot is known about Waitit's Star Wars movie, and details are unlikely to emerge until he has finished the script.
"I'm able to kind of bring my tone. At the moment it's just very early, because I... still haven't even finished the script," he revealed.
"I'm still trying to come up with ideas and I'm mostly kind of in that part of the process where it's still very kind of open. And when I write, I kind of write every idea I've ever had and then start to kind of chisel it down into something. But I'm still throwing everything at the wall right now."
Fans can rest assured that he will be left to his own devices without much interference from Disney.
"Taika is still working away," Disney executive and Star Wars head honcho Kathleen Kennedy told Variety.
"He's writing the script himself. He doesn't really want to bring others into that process and I don't blame him. He has a very, very unique voice. So we want to protect that and that's what he's doing. But we're going to make that one day."
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