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Author Topic: Taika Waititi to direct and Krysty Wilson-Cairns to write new Star Wars  (Read 806 times)

CalHab

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https://www.starwars.com/news/taika-waititi-announce

Coming off the back of the rather good The Mandalorian, I am now interested in new Star Wars material. This sounds really promising! Wilson-Cairns is a very interesting choice and I'm really happy to see how fast her star has risen.

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Loooong road ahead for these guys to getting a SW film on the big screen. But such talent!  Looking forward to the Cassian series too, he was the best character in R1 - just not sure it can be a cheery watch and still leavexists him where we find him

Not wanting to derail, but was just thinking I'd love to let see Andrew Stanton get a crack at one too. Recent rewatch reminds me that John Carter is a terrific example of mixing wide-screen FX-heavy action with likeable characters, and working hard to represent an extensive existing world. Unfortunately it's also the big reason why it's never going to happen.

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John Carter was an interesting failure. I really feel like it was a hostage to its budget. Under the best of circumstances it would really have struggled to make enough of a return to be a "success".

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John Carter was an interesting failure. I really feel like it was a hostage to its budget.

And pretty appalling marketing, and being another desert-based SF movie. I'm sure the financers of The Princess Bride might have cautioned against calling it A Princess of Mars, but anything vaguely interesting-sounding would have been better than the zero-public-recognition 'John Carter' - not least as he spends more than half the movie being called Virginia or Dotar Sojat. 

It really should have been a hit - re-watching it this week we were all chuckling along at Woola's antics, Tars Tarka's Prince Vultan/Tormund Giantsbane stylings, and John's well-handled transformation through incessant frustrations from near-suicidal monomaniac to big-hearted hero.  It's good stuff, the 19th C framing sequences give it a unique flavour, and those airship battles truly are glorious... Add it to the Dredd 2012 pile, just not a good year for being a good movie.

Meanwhile, on topic, what sort of film are we imagining Taika and Wilson-Cairns will come up with? I haven't seen 1917 yet, but it clearly had a screenplay that handled long choreographed action sequences, something that Thor: Ragnarok seemed to avoid, in favour of clever setups and almost-static heroic imagery before cutting away.  And can SW easily absorb Taika's style of knowing humour, or are we heading for another Solo-type clash of intentions? 

The news that Russian Doll's Leslye Headland is lined up for a TV series is also interesting.

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And pretty appalling marketing, and being another desert-based SF movie. I'm sure the financers of The Princess Bride might have cautioned against calling it A Princess of Mars, but anything vaguely interesting-sounding would have been better than the zero-public-recognition 'John Carter' - not least as he spends more than half the movie being called Virginia or Dotar Sojat. 

Personally the only reason I knew the name was down to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...