It seems that Disney is far more hesitant to take chances with Star Wars then it is with Marvel as Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has revealed that the Mouse House is far stricter with Star Wars then it is with its Marvel properties.
During a recent interview with Observer, the director of Thor: Ragnarok talked a bit about his work on an episode of the upcoming show, The Mandalorian. During the interview, he talked a bit about what he could do on What We Do in the Shadows for FX and its producers and compared it to how to work on Star Wars:
There’s definitely some of the stuff I’ve learned over the years from working with [Clement] and [Simms] and everyone else back home that I have brought to my episode. But I can’t… It’s a very sacred universe, the Star Wars universe, so I can’t do too much of it.
When he was directly asked if Marvel or Star Wars had stricter guidelines the Thor: Ragnarok director did not hesitate to say that it was the latter:
Star Wars, yeah, easily.
He did not, however, further elaborate on this.
Such things are common stories with the Star Wars property since Disney bought Lucasfilm. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had a scuff-up where original director Gareth Edwards was fired and large chunks of the film were rewritten and reshot. Later on, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were infamously fired from Solo: A Star Wars Story after the shooting hand concluded. Even Star Wars: Episode IX has not spared from this as original director, Colin Trevorrow was fired before filming had begun. So Thor: Ragnarok director’s comments should not come off as a surprise.
What do you all make of this? Do you think Disney should be stricter with the property than Marvel or should it allow directors to have their own vision? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is a plot synopsis for The Mandalorian:
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte. The series was written by Jon Favreau, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist is also on board as a co-executive producer.
Dave Filoni will direct the first episode of the series and additional episodes will be helmed by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard, Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, and Jessica Jones episode director Deborah Chow.
The Mandalorian will be available exclusively on Disney+ in 2019.