Taika Waititi will direct a secret film project for Fox Searchlight before working on Thor: Love and Thunder. After making a name for himself by helming acclaimed indie titles like What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Waititi experienced his big breakout in 2017 with Thor: Ragnarok. That film reinvented the God of Thunder on the big screen and arguably saved the character’s solo series. Audiences loved Waititi’s unique sensibilities combined with big-scale genre action, which is why Marvel is more than happy to have the director back for 2021’s Thor 4.
But prior to reuniting with Thor, Waititi is set to go back to his filmmaking roots. His next movie, World War II anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit, hits theaters this October and is expected to be one of the year’s top Oscar contenders. Many assumed that once Jojo Rabbit was in the rearview mirror, Waititi would turn his attention to Thor 4, but he’s found time on his schedule for another smaller film.
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According to Variety, Waititi is lined up to write and direct a new untitled movie. Fox Searchlight, the studio behind Jojo Rabbit, has a deal in place to distribute. The plan is for Waititi to shoot this new film during the fall, before production commences on Love and Thunder in 2020.
Nothing is known about this new movie’s plot, but it’s nevertheless nice to see Waititi team up with Fox Searchlight again. If anything, this development is encouraging for Jojo Rabbit’s prospects, since it indicates the studio is enthused by how that film turned out and wants to stay in business with the ever in-demand Waititi. Fox Searchlight has big plans in place for Jojo Rabbit, screening it at multiple fall festivals as a launching pad for its awards campaign. One would imagine they have similar hopes for this latest collaboration. Fox Searchlight has long specialized in Oscar fare, with their previous films including Best Picture winners 12 Years a Slave and The Shape of Water.
With Waititi’s next Fox Searchlight project coming together quickly, details and casting updates should be public in the near future. Perhaps Fox Searchlight will officially announce it once Jojo Rabbit completes its tour of the festivals, and hopefully earns rave reviews from critics. That would be a great way to drum up hype and excitement for the director’s next non-franchise offering. As thrilling as Waititi’s return to Marvel is, the fact cinephiles are getting two new works from the filmmaker in between is even greater cause for celebration.
Key Release Dates
- Jojo Rabbit (2019) release date: Oct 18, 2019
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) release date: Nov 05, 2021
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