Taika Waititi‘s upcoming Jojo Rabbit has a premise that lends itself to comedy (albeit dark comedy): a 10-year-old boy has an imaginary friend who just happens to be Hitler (played by Waititi himself). But according to Waititi, audiences should expect more of a drama than a comedy when Jojo Rabbit arrives in theaters this fall. That said, the actor and director admit there’s funny stuff in the film, especially regarding his take on Hitler, which he describes as “a 10-year-old who happens to have a tiny little mustache.”
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Jojo Rabbit, aka the movie where Taika Waititi plays an imaginary friend who just happens to be Adolf Hitler, has found its release date. Fox Searchlight (and Disney) will open the film in October, which sets it up for both awards season and festival season. The dark comedy, which Waititi wrote and directed, also stars Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, and Rebel Wilson. More on the Jojo Rabbit release date below.
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Have you been watching the What We Do in the Shadows series on FX? If not, then last night you missed out on an incredible assembly of cameos from celebrities who have played famous vampires over the years, including Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, and Jonathan Brugh as the original trio of vampires from the mockumentary film that inspired the series. But they’re not even the biggest names who make an appearance. Find out all about the What We Do in the Shadows cameos below. Read More »
Did you hear there’s a new Avengers movie coming this month? No? It’s not like they’ve been advertising it or anything. Just around the corner, we’ve got Avengers: Endgame bringing an end to The Infinity Saga. But after that, we don’t have an official slate of movies that has been announced by Marvel Studios. Of course, that doesn’t mean Marvel isn’t hard at work getting their slate together. Not only do we have a good idea of the movies that will be shooting in the next couple years, but Kevin Feige recently teased a five-year plan for the next era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And now we have one more movie revealed that might be part of the line-up: Thor 4. Read More »
It looks like the live-action Akira is still a go, and that Taika Waititi is still the most likely candidate to direct. A recent story revealed that the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced film had just scored $18.5 million in tax credits, indicating some form of production is coming down the track, and fast. Hollywood has been trying to bring a live-action adaptation of the 1988 Japanese animated film (and the manga of the same name) for several years now.
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If you’re lucky, then you’ve forgotten most of the superhero bomb that was Green Lantern. For the rest of us who are taking up space in our brain with memories of the audaciously awful DC Comics movie, we haven’t forgotten that before he got behind the camera at Marvel Studios with Thor: Ragnarok, New Zealand treasure Taika Waititi was best buddies with Ryan Reynolds as superhero Hal Jordan. Now the two are reuniting for the upcoming video game based action comedy Free Guy. Read More »
The Mandalorian has an impressive roster of directors helming episodes of the Disney+ streaming show, including Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi. But Waititi may be doing more than getting behind the camera. A new behind-the-scenes photo from The Mandalorian executive producer Jon Favreau shows Waititi behind the mic to voice a classic Star Wars character.
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Taika Waititi is no stranger to working under secretive conditions, but it seems that one Disney-owned studio is stricter than the others. The Thor: Ragnarok director recently journeyed to a galaxy far, far away to helm an episode of the upcoming Disney+ series, The Mandalorian. There, he learned the secrets of the Star Wars universe — but nothing he can tell us about. Because it turns out that Star Wars keeps its directors on an even tighter leash than Marvel Studios.
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Last summer we learned that Apple was working on a series adaptation of the 1981 time traveling fantasy Time Bandits. The movie hails from Monty Python troupe member Terry Gilliam, and now it’s being handed off to a worthy successor. Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi has boarded the Time Bandits series as co-writer and director. Read More »
Entire television series shouldn’t be critiqued on pilots alone, but that’s all What We Do In The Shadows had to offer eager South By Southwest victims (aside from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s uproarious improv introduction). Episodics often require a few inaugural chapters before hitting momentum strides, and pilots bare the weight of hypnotizing audiences while establishing tonality to come. In this bubble, FX’s new take on What We Do In The Shadows transplants the same approach, expressionism, and aesthetic of Waititi and Clement’s effortlessly entertaining “vampire world-shattering documentary” from New Zealand to Staten Island.
“Documentary” in quotations because, you know, *if* it were real (which Waititi and Clement both insisted). Read More »