Since Thor: Ragnarok, director Taika Waititi’s career has skyrocketed with numerous roles. While he might be busy elsewhere, there’s no way he’d exit the MCU just yet. If you loved Ragnarok, you’ll love that Waititi has signed on for Thor 4.
More Thor, Please
Waititi will write and direct the forthcoming Thor movie in the MCU. This is a huge increase from Ragnarok, which only saw Waititi as a director. The 2017 film was written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher L. Yost. While most directors would’ve jumped at the chance of directing Ragnarok, Waititi was a bit hesitant.
“At the very beginning, I was thinking, do I want to ruin my track record? Risk everything I built up until now? Then I realized, what have I really built? I’ve done four films. Here’s an opportunity to make a superhero movie, to play with some cool, big toys, to do something that I never dreamed I could do. I figured I may never get an opportunity like this again. I should just do it,” he told Indiewire. As a writer, Waititi showcased his chops in the critically acclaimed What We Do in the Shadows and Boy. Shadows has since been turned into an FX series by Jemaine Clement and Paul Simms.
Pushing It Back
While this sounds good, it leads to a major problem with Waititi’s adaptation of the iconic anime Akira. The movie was originally slated to start filming soon, but his new gig on Thor 4 changed things. As of this writing, the Akira film has been put on the shelf indefinitely. Back in May, Waititi was confirmed to direct and co-write the adaptation. The film was slated to be released on May 21, 2021. There’s no telling if that release date will change.
For Waititi, making a live-action adaptation of Akira is a dream come true. As expected, fans of the anime and animated film have been blowing up his DMs. “I haven’t really started to get my head around it yet. What I wanted to do was an adaptation of the books, ’cos a lot of people are like, ‘Don’t touch that film!’ and I’m like, ‘I’m not remaking the film, I want to go back to the book.’ A lot of the people freaking out haven’t even read the books, and there are six gigantic books to go through. It’s so rich. But (the anime) Akira is one of my favorite films; my mum took me to see it when I was 13 and it changed my life,” he told Forbes.
One Busy Director
With Thor 4 and Akira, Waititi will be quite busy over the next couple of years. He’s currently working on the Shawn Levy film Bad Guy, which drops on July 3, 2020. The film, which stars Ryan Reynolds, will find Waititi starring in a supporting role.
On the television side, Waititi is working on the forthcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian. Releasing on November 12, 2019, via Disney+, the series follows a Mandalorian traversing through the New Republic. For the Star Wars project, Waititi couldn’t really go to extremes like Shadows. “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,” he told Observer.
Over the next few months, Waititi will be busy promoting his forthcoming movie Jojo Rabbit. The film, which comes out on October 18, finds Waititi portraying Adolf Hitler. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, and Sam Rockwell.
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