Taika Waititi Scores Again with “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
We’re pretty sure you fell in love with the vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows.
If that is indeed the case, then we’re confident that you’ll definitely dig the latest film from Taika Waititi (co-writer, co-director, co-star of What We Do in The Shadows), Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump, Waititi wrote and directed a film that is as full of heart as it is with wisecracking spunk. It’s a tale of a runaway, wannabe gangster, foster kid living in ‘the bush’ in New Zealand giving the backdrop of New Zealand a different use than the Lord of the Rings movies. Julian Dennison, who plays the kid, lives up to the role of Ricky Baker exquisitely and the gruff Sam Neill is a perfect juxtaposition as a quiet, reformed ex-con. Rhys Darby also make a pretty memorable cameo as someone living completely off the grid.
Watch the trailer here, then look for it in theaters in limited release starting this Friday, June 24th.
Taika Waititi Getting Set to Direct “Thor: Ragnarok”
In Thor’s standalone saga within the Marvel film canon, Marvel has gone, for its directors, from an accomplished Shakespearean actor/director to a veteran TV director to now one of the funniest writer/director/actors to come out of New Zealand.
Taika Waititi, the writer/director of the amazing vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, is indeed getting set to direct the third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi will be following the likes of Kenneth Branagh, whose name was pretty much synonymous with Shakespeare for much of his career, and Alan Taylor, who made his bones by directing several premium cable shows for many years.
With Branagh’s background in Shakespeare, it stands to reason that he was brought in for the first Thor to bring a sort of legitimacy to the world of Asgard and Thor himself. So, along these lines, we’re wondering if Taika will make the third installment of Thor, the funniest Thor given his expertise.
Thor: Ragnarok isn’t set for release until 2017, so we have a while to wait and see.
Judd Apatow To Produce Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s HBO Anthology Series
(via Sydney Morning Herald)
Though still largely under wraps, the series that Jemaine and Taika have been working on seems to be coming together.
Similar to the way American Horror Story uses the same cast for different stories, the episodes of this series from Clement and Waititi will use the same cast for stories ranging from time travel to dance contests.
The addition of Apatow should mean that this project is picking up steam and hopefully that will bring the series to the screen relatively soon.
Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement Want To Clear Up Some Common Vampire Misconceptions
A lot of misrepresentations about vampires have been floating around in our media for decades, but with the arrival of the “documentary” What We Do In The Shadows, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement can finally bring to light what it’s like being a vampire in the 21st century.
Also, go see What We Do In The Shadows as it’s playing in even more theaters now.
“What We Do In The Shadows” Met Its Kickstarter Goal and Will Be Playing in More U.S. Cities
A few days ago we posted the Kickstarter campaign for Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do In The Shadows to expand its U.S. release.
With only 5 hours to go before the campaign ends, they have exceeded their goal of $400K by raising $433,848. So, that means several cities throughout the country will get the benefit of seeing their vampire mockumentary that’s getting critical acclaim left and right.
Which cities and when it will come to said cities have yet to be all announced, but we will keep you updated.
So, along with David Cross’ Hits, score two for Kickstarter funded independent film releases in 2015.
Funny or Die Is Bringing Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s “What We Do In The Shadows” to The States on Feb. 13th
New Zealand vampire mockumentary has probably not been fully formed as a sub genre yet, but, nonetheless, we’re still pretty excited that Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do In The Shadows is coming stateside.
Funny or Die is now presenting the release and has made a date for Feb. 13th to roll What We Do In The Shadows out.
This is probably going to be a pretty good movie whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day that weekend or ardently ignoring it.
Jemaine Clement Clears Up All Confusion on The HBO Show He’s Writing with Taika Waititi
He and Taika Waititi, who are having a nice run with their movie What We Do In The Shadows are writing an anthology series where each episode will be completely different from each other except for the players that will be cast.
The 4 episodes that were ordered only have a script commitment and have a chance that they won’t be made.
So, now that you know that, cross your fingers that all of this comes to fruition.