This week on Twitter user @BrunoBrenier1 suggested to Bob Iger to let the Russo Brothers “do some Star Wars stuff.” (He’s not wrong.) Iger didn’t come out and say he would hire them, he did say that he loves them. If I had a crystal ball, I’d say that the chances the Russos get a shot at directing a film in a galaxy far, far away is very good. The four MCU films the Russo Brothers directed have brought in over $5.5 billion to date, after all. I would say Disney is happy with duo and would be wise to keep them on-board.
Yes, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker may be the last in installment of the original trilogy. However, but several other movies and series are in development. This includes Rian Johnson’s new Star Wars trilogy. Our favorite Game of Thrones creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss have also signed on to write and produce a Star Wars series, most likely for Disney+. Plus, we have the rumored Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi films. The chances of getting the Russos to sign on to a Star Wars project are increased when you take into consideration that they have been vocal in the past about taking on a SW film.
Russo Brothers’ Past Star Wars Interest
Back in November of 2018, Collider hosted a Q&A with Anthony and Joe Russo after a showing of Avengers: Infinity War. It was there that they mentioned that they’d love to work on a Star Wars project.
“We grew up on Star Wars like everyone else did. I went to the theater when I was 11 years old to see Empire Strikes Back and sat in the theater from 11:30 in the morning until 10:00 at night and watched it back to back to back.
So, it was a huge influence on us growing up. Of course, we’d love to work, at some point, in the Star Wars universe, but right now our heads are in the middle of another movie.”
Additionally, the Russos were spotted last year on the set of Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian.
So, in this picture we’ve got Favreau, who directed the first two Iron Man films. Then there’s Joe and Anthony Russo. They of course directed Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Peyton Reed, who directed Ant-Man and Ant-Man and The Wasp, joins them. And as if that wasn’t enough, we have director Taika Waititi, who gave us Thor: Ragnarok.
Favreau and Waititi are the only two filmmakers from that photo that are involved with the Star Wars universe at this point. However, based on all the facts I would say we have a good chance of all the stars aligning and we get a Star Wars and Russo project announcement before we know it.