taika waititi initiative

Taika Waititi is giving a boost to indigenous voices with his production banner Piki Films’ new initiative focusing on stories about colonization. Waititi and Carthew Neal’s production company Piki Films is developing three projects with Maori writers, each of which will tackle the effects of colonization.

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james and the giant peach

Taika Waititi and some very famous friends are getting together (virtually, of course) to read Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. The series hopes to provide “children and families the opportunity to come together and experience the story in new ways, in a time when COVID-19 has left children out of school and families around the world in isolation at home.” The line-up of readers includes Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth, and more.

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Taika Waititi star wars

At the beginning of the year – back when we were all so young and naive – a rumor surfaced that Taika Waititi might be directing a new Star Wars movie. Looks like that rumor was true! A new Star Wars movie directed by Waititi is officially in the works, with the Jojo Rabbit filmmaker writing the script with 1917 writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Waititi is no stranger to the Star Wars universe, having directed an episode of The Mandalorian (in addition to lending his voice to character IG-11).

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The Mandalorian - Jon Favreay and Dave Filoni

In honor of Star Wars Day, the first episode of the new documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian has arrived on Disney+. The series begins by profiling all of the directors who took on an episode in the first season of the live-action Star Wars series. The result is a collection of some entertaining anecdotes from long before The Mandalorian was even an idea, perspective on tackling something as big as Star Wars, and a peek at how the show was produced.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the finer points of the first episode, including executive producer Dave Filoni telling the story of how he nearly blew his opportunity to tackle The Clone Wars, which turned him into the Star Wars creator that fans adore today. Read More »

Taika Waititi Jeff Goldblum on set

The coronavirus (COVID-10) pandemic has shut down film and TV productions across the world, and Marvel tentpoles like Thor: Love and Thunder are no exception. But director and writer Taika Waititi is taking advantage of the delays by perfecting the script, which he teases is “really, really good.”

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Release Date

Almost all the news about movies nowadays is about release dates being pushed back due to the shutdown of production during the coronavirus pandemic and also the closure of nearly all movie theaters around the United States. Marvel Studios recently made some big changes to their schedule over the next couple years, but apparently that wasn’t enough. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been pushed back again, this time into the spring of 2022, and Spider-Man 3 has shifted too. Meanwhile, Thor: Love & Thunder has been bumped up just a bit. Read More »

thor love and thunder concept art

Space sharks, insect warriors, and Korg, oh my! Director Taika Waititi’s live-watch of Thor: Ragnarok offered us a ton of new details from the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, which the Oscar-winning filmmaker will return to direct. The director showed us exciting (but blurry) sneak peeks at concept art for the fourth Thor film while teasing some tantalizing new details about the Marvel Studios film, like the new design of the insectoid warrior Miek, who returns after brief appearances in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame, as well as a script that is “over the top now in the very best way.” And of course, the return of Waititi’s best role to date, Korg.

See the new Thor: Love and Thunder concept art below, which gives us a glimpse at New Asgard as well as Miek’s character designs.

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thor ragnarok live commentary

Like most of us, Taika Waititi is stuck at home watching movies. But unlike the rest of us, Waititi can offer some bonus content on one of the most beloved Marvel Studios films in recent years. Waititi announced that he’ll be doing a new quarantine-inspired spin on the director’s commentary for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, holding a live commentary of the Marvel comic book movie on Instagram Live later today. Read More »

Jojo Rabbit

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out about the big differences between the Best Picture nominated Jojo Rabbit and Christine Leunens’ novel on which it’s based, Caging Skies. Plus, watch how kids react when parents show them 90s cartoons like Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Beavis & Butt-Head, and more. Finally, Nick Offerman takes a look back at some of his movie famous characters, especially Parks and Recreation.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Animated Shows

Even though writer/director Taika Waititi is gearing up to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor: Love & Thunder, he’ll soon be entering a different world of previously established intellectual property. And it’ll be animated too.

Netflix has announced that the Oscar-winning writer/director of Jojo Rabbit will be writing, directing and executive producing two new animated series inspired by Roald Dahl‘s classic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRead More »