Taika Waititi Lands Job to Direct Marvel's Next 'Thor: Ragnarok' Sequel
Awesome news. Completely unexpected, but awesome. Our friends at The Wrap are reporting that Marvel Studios is closing in on a deal with New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi to direct the next Thor sequel, titled Thor: Ragnarok. In addition to working as a filmmaker and producer, Taika (also known as Taika Cohen) is an actor and appeared in a small role in the Green Lantern movie. I've been a big fan of his ever since Eagle vs Shark premiered at Sundance in 2007, and I've followed his career closely. He most recently directed the hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, as well as the Kiwi drama Boy from a few years ago. Waititi joked on Twitter saying: "Oh jeez. Who blabbed?" But later deleted the tweet.
The report states that Waititi is "in negotiations" to direct Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel, and he apparently beat out Ruben Fleischer (of Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad) for the job. Thor was directed by Kenneth Branagh, and the sequel Thor: The Dark World was directed by Alan Taylor from "Game of Thrones" previously. Disney currently has Thor: Ragnarok scheduled for release in November of 2017, after the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel earlier that year, and Doctor Strange and Civil War in 2016. Jaimie Alexander, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston all return for the sequel. Not many other plot details are known, we'll have to keep an eye out. I really like this choice, can't wait to see how this turns out.