Taika Waititi to Direct Thor 4
Taika Waititi is returning to the many worlds of Thor.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Waititi has signed a deal to write and direct a follow-up to his 2017 smash, Thor: Ragnarok.
But this comes at a cost, Waititi had been testing actors in a worldwide search for talent, for his adaptation of Japanese manga Akira, and this is now being put on hold as the two projects’ production dates clash.
Waititi brought his own stamp to the Thor franchise with Ragnarok, infusing the movie with an idiosyncratic wit evident in his previous work like What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Audiences responded to the tune of almost $854 million worldwide while critics’ raves put the movie at 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The move also rejuvenated what had been a rare declining franchise performer for Marvel.
Before the next Thor, however, Waititi is finishing Jojo Rabbit, a unique Nazi-era satire he directed for Fox Searchlight. Scarlett Johansson stars in the picture alongside Waititi, who portrays a boy’s imaginary version of Adolf Hitler.