After being lauded for steering the Thor franchise into irreverent humor for Marvel Studios, filmmaker Taika Waititi had change his approach directing the upcoming live-action series Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
While on a panel to at a Television Critics Association event this week to promote the television adaptation of his horror-comedy series, What We Do in the Shadows, Waititi noted the differences in directing for Star Wars versus the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that the new series would be tonally similar to the original trilogy.
"Star Wars is very different to Marvel style," explained Waititi at the press event. "They know that the tone of the first films really should be kind of adhered to. That’s what the fans like and you can’t really disrespect it, I guess, is a nicer way of saying [you] can’t put too many jokes in."
The upcoming series is currently filming in Los Angeles as one of the first original programs for Disney's premium streaming service, Disney+. Despite the change in creative style under the guidance of executive producer and showrunner Jon Favreau, Waititi had a great experience working on the series.
"Favreau’s a genius and so smart and so good at what he does and creating these worlds," Waititi continued. "The scripts are really great. It was really fun doing something in the Star Wars universe. It was every kid’s dream just to see a stormtrooper. When you’re doing these scenes with like 50 or 60 of them, it’s pretty amazing. I loved it.”
Star Wars: The Mandalorian is created by Jon Favreau. The series stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. It is expected to premiere on Disney+ sometime in 2019.
(via Slash Film)