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Thor 4 Directed by Taika Waititi Has Been Pitched, Says Tessa Thompson

A Taika Waititi-directed Thor 4 has already been pitched, Tessa Thompson reveals. Jumping in on the MCU train via 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, the actress plays Valkyrie in the franchise – one of the last members of Odin’s elite Asgardian team who took on Hela (Cate Blanchett). The God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) stumbled across her on the junk planet of Sakaar, and cajoled her to join them and save Asgard from the Goddess of Death. The film ended with her aboard the Asgardian refugee ship on their way to Earth, but they were hijacked by Thanos and his men as seen at the start of Avengers: Infinity War.

Breathing life into the Thor franchise, Ragnarok quickly became the general viewing public’s favorite out of the trilogy. Unlike previous movies from the Marvel sub-franchise, gone were the dark and gloomy palette and in its place were the trippy backgrounds reminiscent of Jack Kirby’s psychedelic comic book panels. The aesthetic and new brand of humor perfectly complemented the roller coaster adventure for Thor. By the end of it, fans get an overhauled character and a revitalized film series. But with Ragnarok already the third in his franchise, there’s an assumption that there’s no more solo adventures for the character, although that may not be the case.

Related: How Loki Could Return To a Bigger Role in THOR 4

According to Thompson during a recent LA Times interview, a fourth Thor film has already been pitched at Marvel Studios. While the actress claims that she doesn’t know specifics about it, she adds that Ragnarok director, Waititi is said to be returning to helm the film. “I heard that a pitch has happened for [another “Thor” film]. I don’t know how real that intel is, but I hear that the pitch has happened. I think the idea is Taika [Waititi, who directed ‘Ragnarok’] would come back,” she said.

Valkyrie’s whereabouts continue to be a mystery after skipping Infinity War, but after months of speculation, Avengers: Endgame character portraits and special emojis confirm her survival of Thanos’ decimation of half the life in the universe. The assumption now is she, alongside fan favorite characters Korg and Miek, escaped the refugee ship and possibly continued their voyage to Earth. Whether or not they landed on the planet is another conversation, but they’re expected to factor into the Phase 3 capper. Chances are that Thor will seek her out following their loss to the Mad Titan before he goes off to execute the fresh plan to take down the villain.

It’s curious if Marvel Studios will be willing to deviate from their three-film solo character adventures for Thor. Both Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America’s (Chris Evans) trilogies felt like it tied up their respective headlining hero’s arcs with many expecting their stories to end in Endgame. It’s quite different with Odinson, however. Between finally nailing the tone they want for the character and a potential future that doesn’t feel forced in the MCU, there’s still so much he can do in the franchise starting with Thor 4.

More: Mark Ruffalo Shot Hulk’s Death Scene In Infinity War

Source: LA Times


2019-04-17 08:04:55

Ana Dumaraog

Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Taika Waititi Jokes About Directing After Gunn Rehired

Following the surprise rehiring of James Gunn as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director, Taika Waititi makes fun of prior rumors he would direct. While there were still some fans that steadfastly held out hope Disney would eventually bring Gunn back into the fold, it’s safe to say most people were surprised when he was suddenly rehired as director of the Guardians’ third outing earlier today. Now, many fans are floating theories that Disney always planned to rehire Gunn once the heat from his Twitter scandal had died down, although one assumes him joining the DCEU to direct The Suicide Squad wouldn’t have been part of such a scheme.

That’s perhaps the strangest part of Gunn’s reconciliation with Disney, as now he’s set to become only the second director to oversee an entry in both the MCU and DCEU, after Joss Whedon. He actually might technically be the first director accomplish that odd feat, since Whedon didn’t end up being credited as the director of Justice League. In hindsight, it’s actually a bit amusing that the coordinated attack launched on Gunn by members of the right-wing media eventually ended up in him landing two high-profile directing gigs.

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That aside, during the period Gunn was considered unlikely to return to Guardians of the Galaxy 3, most fans seemed to collectively decide that if anyone had to take over the job, Waititi would be the ideal choice. After all, he’d dealt with cosmic MCU material masterfully in the acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok, and also brought a Guardians-esque wacky sense of humor to his MCU film. In February, Waititi officially made clear he wouldn’t step in for Gunn, and one wonders if he knew at that time that Gunn was about to come back. Following the reveal of Gunn’s return, Waititi responded in the most hilarious way possible on Twitter, feigning outrage that he didn’t get the job.

Waititi had made it known several times in the past that he felt Gunn never should’ve been fired by Disney, and fully supported his return to Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Despite that fact, fans kept insisting he was the best choice for the job other than Gunn, and lamented the announcement that he wouldn’t direct. While Waititi is clearly happy Gunn was rehired, there’s little reason to doubt that he could’ve made a good Guardians sequel had he been interested in the job. In this case though, Waititi is one of many that considered the Guardians franchise Gunn’s creative baby, despite Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige recently downplaying Gunn’s role.

It’ll be at least a few years before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 materializes, as today’s report of Gunn’s return to the director’s chair specified that production on the sequel wouldn’t begin until after his work on The Suicide Squad wraps up. Knowing Marvel Studios though, they have plenty of interesting Phase 4 films waiting in the wings to be announced after Avengers: Endgame wraps up Phase 3 that will serve to fill the void until the Guardians are back in action.

More: Every Phase 4 MCU Movie In Development

Source: Taika Waititi/Twitter



2019-03-15 09:03:49

Michael Kennedy

Disney Much Stricter About Star Wars Than Marvel Says Taika Waititi

Disney has two of the most lucrative brands in Hollywood with Star Wars and Marvel, but it is the galaxy far, far away they’re more protective of, according to director Taika Waititi. Over the last few years, he’s made comedic indie hits What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, but it was his work in 2017 on Thor: Ragnarok that truly showed he can bring his unique sense of humor to any project. He’s become one of the industry’s most sought after talents as a result.

While he’s since been working on a TV version of What We Do In The Shadows and a WWII satire Jojo Rabbit, Waititi also joined The Mandalorian as a director. The Jon Favreau-produced series is an exclusive to Disney’s streaming service, and Waititi directed an episode of the show, which also features episodes by Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Bryce Dallas Howard, and more. As the only person to direct something Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars-related so far, Waititi is in the unique position of having worked with two of Disney’s biggest moneymakers.

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When Observer had the chance to interview Waititi at SXSW, they asked him which property the Mouse House is more protective over and puts stricter guidelines on. For Waititi, the answer was simple, saying, “Star Wars, yeah, easily.” However, he explained earlier in the same interview that he was still able to bring his own spin to his episode of The Mandalorian despite this. He said:

“There’s definitely some of the stuff I’ve learned over the years from working with [Clement] and [Simms] and everyone else back home that I have brought to my episode. But I can’t… It’s a very sacred universe, the Star Wars universe, so I can’t do too much of it.”

It is understandable why Disney and Lucasfilm are being more protective of the Star Wars universe. The franchise as a whole is one of the most iconic and popular properties of all time for a reason, and they want to make sure they do not diminish excitement by releasing lackluster products. They’ve so far stayed very close to the original trilogy and its characters in order to try and achieve this, with The Mandalorian having the potential to branch out and tell its own story that is largely disconnected. But, even if Disney is being protective of Star Wars to keep the brand popular, the galaxy far, far away can still take a page out of Marvel’s playbook to see how it can continue to grow.

The MCU films have a somewhat standard approach and tone, but Marvel Studios has also been allowed to mix in different genres throughout the last 11 years of films. Waititi took the Thor franchise away from the Shakespearean elements and went full cosmic comedy with Thor: Ragnarok, and the results both financially and critically speak for themselves. With exciting voices like Waititi or Famuyiwa on board The Mandalorian, Waititi implying they are still letting him do his own thing (to a certain degree) is a good sign. And for the future of Star Wars, it would be smart for Rian Johnson’s trilogy, the trilogy from the Game of Thrones creators, and the Cassian Andor Disney Plus series to do the same, not only to keep the franchise evolving, but to use the full abilities of the talent they bring aboard.

MORE: Every Star Wars Series Coming to Disney Plus (Confirmed & Rumored)

Source: Observer


2019-03-10 08:03:48

Cooper Hood

Star Wars Rumor: Taika Waititi & Bryce Dallas Howard Star in Mandalorian

Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard may pull double duty with The Mandalorian, as they’re both now rumored to have roles in the series. Disney is investing heavily in their upcoming streaming service. It will include new movies, original Marvel TV series, and even the first ever live-action Star Wars show. The latter will be written and produced by Jon Favreau, but he doesn’t appear to be directing. It’s confirmed that the series will be called The Mandalorian, and fans recently got a look at what the main character looks like, just not who’s under the mask.

While there has been casting rumors pointing to Pedro Pascal possibly headlining the series, the official announcements have, instead, focused on who will be behind the camera. Lucasfilm already announced an impressive list of directors for The Mandalorian, which includes Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, Waititi, and Howard – but directing may not be the only thing the latter two are doing.

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According to a new rumor from Discussing Film, Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard may also have acting roles in The Mandalorian. This is just a rumor for the time being and should be taken with a heavy pinch of salt. If this report is accurate, Waititi will be providing the voice of a droid in The Mandalorian, while there’s no potential details on who Howard could play. Neither will be leading roles, but instead minor ones if this is confirmed.

Waititi may be best known now as the director of Thor: Ragnarok after impressive indie comedies What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, but he’s also spent time as an actor. He’s starred in or at least been featured in almost everything he’s directed, and a voice role is nothing new either. He did the voice for Ragnarok‘s scene-stealing Kronan, named Korg. It’s easy to imagine the sound of Waititi’s voice coming from a droid, whether it’s capable of speaking fluently or just using beeps and noises.

Howard is an accomplished actress, having recently taken a leading role in the last two Jurassic World movies. Her history as an actress makes it particularly believable that she would also take a supporting role in The Mandalorian, while also directing an episode. Since there aren’t any character details for her potential part yet, there really isn’t any telling what type of character she could play, if she plays one at all. Regardless, the possibility of including Waititi and Howard in The Mandalorian‘s cast is exciting nonetheless, so, hopefully, this can be confirmed (or debunked) soon.

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The Mandalorian is now filming and expected to launch on Disney’s streaming service in 2019.

Source: Discussing Film



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2018-10-08 08:10:39 – Cooper Hood

Dark Phoenix Director Apologizes for X-Men: The Last Stand

Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg apologizes for botching Fox’s first attempt at adapting Chris Claremont’s Dark Phoenix saga in X-Men: The Last Stand. A longtime producer of Fox’s X-Men films, Kinberg also wrote the Brett Ratner-directed movie, alongside Zak Penn. The film was the final installment in the series’ initial continuity, before it was rebooted by Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class.

Specific narrative points are still being kept under wraps, but people involved in Dark Phoenix are hyping it up, including Sophie Turner (Jean Grey/Phoenix), who promised fans that it will revolutionize the superhero genre. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique) dubbed it her best X-Men experience. The movie is set to be the last Fox-controlled X-Men film before rights to the mutants, alongside all their tie-in characters, return to Marvel Entertainment after the Disney and Fox merger is finalized.

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Speaking with EW as he continues to promote Dark Phoenix, Kinberg apologized for Fox’s first attempt to adapt the quintessential storyline from the comics back in 2006. Considering that he was a pivotal part of The Last Stand, the first-time director also assures fans that this time, they made sure to stick to the source material as closely as possible. Kinberg previously named Logan and the original Star Wars trilogy – as well as other MCU cosmic-set films – as influences on his upcoming movie, but following his apology, he specifically named Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok as another significant inspiration.

“I’m sorry for X-Men 3. We tried to tell the Dark Phoenix story and we didn’t do it properly. So, with this Dark Phoenix story there is no ‘cure’ plot, there is no other plot. It is the Dark Phoenix story, as told in comics, as told in the cartoons. Sophie is the center of the film, that’s why she’s the one person that’s in the teaser poster. The entire movie revolves around her. It’s a movie that goes into space and is cosmic, very much inspired actually by what [Taika] did with Thor — even though the tone is totally different — but just the ability to make a character movie that still feels grounded, and fun, but is in whole other universes. Jessica Chastain’s character plays an alien, and that’s all I can tell you about that. But, yeah, it’s the Dark Phoenix story and if you’ve read that comic I think you’re going to like the movie a lot.

Admittedly, not many were initially sold on the idea of retelling the same print narrative, especially since Fox could’ve gone with other storylines that have never been translated to the big screen. It didn’t help that Dark Phoenix‘s release has been pushed back a few times, alongside rumors that the reshoots were to alter a huge chunk of the movie. Over the years, the term “reshoots” has developed a negative connotation after being associated with problem-laded productions, that said, reshoots have always been mandatory, especially for blockbusters.

While the film’s first trailer didn’t necessarily squash people’s concerns that Dark Phoenix will be just an updated version of The Last Stand, the buzz surrounding the event-exclusive footage shown at NYCC may sway naysayers to give the movie a fair shot. Those who were lucky enough to see the preview raved about the chemistry of the established X-Men team before Jean’s change of heart. From the looks of it, Kinberg’s apology may not just be lip service, assuming the forthcoming mutant-centered movie blows everyone away.

More: Dark Phoenix NYCC Footage Description: How Jean Grey Becomes Phoenix

Source: EW



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2018-10-06 08:10:05 – Ana Dumaraog

Star Wars: Mandalorian TV Show Sets Taika Waititi & Others to Direct

Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian officially has its directors, and Taika Waititi is among them. As part of Disney’s empire, Lucasfilm is being tasked with making the first ever live-action Star Wars TV show for their streaming service. In order to do so, the Iron Man and The Jungle Book director is set to write and produce the series. It was just recently announced that the series is about a lone Mandalorian gunslinger with the official synopsis being released.

As many fans had hoped, that release by Favreau has proven to be just the beginning of news coming on The Mandalorian. We still don’t have a cast announcement, but directors have started to be rumored over the last several days. Now, Lucasfilm has confirmed the varied directors who are set to headline the series – and it includes a recent MCU breakout director.

Related: The Mandalorian First Look Image Revealed

Lucasfilm announced the five directors who will helm episodes of The Mandalorian. The biggest name for many will be to see Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi among those who will direct an episode of the series. They also confirmed that Dave Filoni will direct the pilot of the show, while Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow will also direct episodes of The Mandalorian.

Not only is Waititi fresh off the critical and financial hit that Ragnarok became, but him joining the ranks of Star Wars is somewhat surprising given previous comments. He previously said he didn’t think he could direct a Star Wars movie because of his directing style, and while this isn’t a movie, it will have a substantial budget. Kathleen Kennedy did say after he said those comments that she would love for Waititi to direct a Star Wars film. Again, it may not be a movie, but with his Disney connection, he is the MCU veteran to join the series, not Alan Taylor (as previously rumored).

Dave Filoni’s involvement was previously rumored as well, and this is the next step for the Star Wars Rebels creator. Bryce Dallas Howard is best known as an actress and this will be her first directing credit that is above a short. She, too, has a connection to Lucasfilm, as her father, Ron Howard, just directed Solo: A Star Wars Story. Rick Famuyiwa is another exciting choice after breaking out with his movie Dope, while Chow previously directed episodes of Jessica Jones for Marvel and Netflix. The variety of talent the series has assembled to this point is nonetheless a great start to the series.

More: Star Wars Theory – The Mandalorian Already Exists In Canon

The Mandalorian will stream exclusively on Disney’s streaming service in 2019.

Source: Lucasfilm



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2018-10-04 06:10:05 – Cooper Hood

Taika Waititi Has Met With Marvel For New MCU Film



Taika Waititi’s MCU return may be in the works, as he reportedly met with Marvel Studios recently. Marvel Studios has elevated the names of several directors over the years, and Waititi is one of their most recent examples. The quirky indie director behind What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople was brought into the fold to direct Thor: Ragnarok. He fully embraced the Jack Kirby era of Marvel comics, taking the Thor franchise to new heights critically and financially.

The success of Ragnarok put both he and Marvel in an odd spot though. The movie was supposed to be the end of Thor’s trilogy, but fans (and Chris Hemsworth) are now more in love with Thor than ever – especially after Avengers: Infinity War. But, with Thor’s story possibly over, Waititi’s return isn’t set in stone, and he’s moved on to direct Jojo Rabbit. However, a meeting possibly in regards to his return has reportedly happened.

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THR reports that Marvel Studios recently had a meeting with Taika Waititi to discuss another collaboration. The exact project that could bring them back together isn’t currently known. Considering the lack of official details on what happens after Avengers 4, it could be for a variety of projects both known and unknown. Even though there’s no word on how the meeting went, it does appear that Waititi could return to the MCU sooner than later.

Waititi has been the top choice of almost anyone when it comes to naming a replacement for James Gunn as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. He took the zany style that Gunn built in to Marvel’s cosmic stories and ran with it to create an incredibly different take on Thor. His comedic nature and what he did with Ragnarok makes him an easy fit for Guardians 3, especially if the movie somehow folds the Thor franchise into it.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been very vocal about wanting to work with Waititi again too. Whether such a reunion comes with Guardians 3 remains to be seen, but there’s plenty of other films that could potentially pique his interests. For example, The Eternals could be Waititi’s very own grand, cosmic franchise. He may have fancied the idea of Thor: Ragnarok 2 more than anything else during the original Ragnarok press tour, and Hemsworth said he’d already talked to Waititi about what they could possibly do next. Whether it’s Thor 4Guardians 3, or something else entirely, Waititi’s MCU return is at the very least being discussed.

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Source: THR



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