Following a panel at FX TCA Taika Waititi took some time to talk about his time directing The Mandalorian with Syfy. Waititi spent some time talking about his experience on set and how his style would be put into the show.
“I really loved it,” he enthused. “[Jon] Favreau is a genius and so smart, and so good at what he does creating these worlds. The scripts are really great. It was fun doing something in the Star Wars universe. It’s every kid’s dream to just see a Stormtrooper, so when you’re doing scenes with 50 or 60 of them, it’s amazing. I loved it.”
It is really good to see that Waititi had fun on set. This guy is known for his fun loving attitude so to see him talk about having a blast on a Star Wars set is great. The way he talks about it you can tell he is someone just like us who grew up loving this universe and now he gets to help create it.
Asked if the project had any leeway for his kind of improvisational comedy, Waititi said there was a bit. “The Star Wars universe is very different from the Marvel style. They know that whatever was set up in tone for the first films should be adhered to, and what the fans like. You can’t disrespect it, which is a nicer way of saying you can’t put too many jokes in them. But my tone is in there with the dialogue.”
This quote is something I was interested in learning about since Waititi’s style is so unique as we shall with the newest Thor movie. Hearing him say that he understands that Star Wars has a different tone but some of his goofy attitude will come through in the dialogue makes the most sense as an approach.