Oscar-nominated Taika Waititi is hinted to direct the third installment of the “Thor” franchise, as initially related by The Wrap. Negotiations are currently ongoing for “Thor: Ragnarok”, with Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, reprising his role as the Norse god of thunder. Read on for more details on this promising update.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Waititi was selected as a result of intense meetings concluded over the last month. Other contenders for the spot were: Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”, “Gangster Squad”), Rob Letterman (“Monsters vs. Aliens” “Gulliver’s Travels”), and Rawson Marshall Thurber (“We’re the Millers”, “Easy A”).
Waititi is well known for his vampire parody “Into the Shadows”, which debuted at Sundance; indie film “Eagle vs Shark”; and the critically commended “Boy”, as well as directing some episodes of the TV series “Flight of the Conchords”. (via Stuff New Zealand). Additionally, he is a writer for Disney’s upcoming animated movie “Moana”, which will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Looking for some superhero cred? The Kiwi Director is not a stranger to this genre. In fact, he co-starred with Ryan Reynolds in the DC Comics movie, “Green Lantern” in 2011.
Sources say that though Waititi may not be the evident choice for a movie like a “Thor” installment, out-of-the-box creativity (like Waititi ‘s) has worked well with Marvel’s projects.
Note that the studio commissioned Joe and Anthony Russo for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. The brothers, although comedy directors, created such a hit, that they not only get to work on the third “Captain America” movie but are now also calling the shots on the latest “Avengers” outings.
Tom Hiddleston (as Loki) and Jaimie Alexander (playing Lady Sif) will be back in the next installment as well.
Trivia: The initial two “Thor” films made a collective total of US$1 billion.
“Thor: Ragnarok” will open in theaters on November 3, 2017.
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