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Taika Waititi Lands Job to Direct Marvel's Next 'Thor: Ragnarok' Sequel

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October 2, 2015
Source: The Wrap

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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.

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

Very cool choice. Would not have expected that. Shadows was awesome!

David Diaz on Oct 2, 2015

2

One of my favourite directors. Nice one

Carpola on Oct 2, 2015

3

Bold. Very happy about this.

DAVIDPD on Oct 2, 2015

4

Wow great news. I loved Boy. That was a great movie. Shadows was very funny. Might seem like a strange choice but I think it will work. "Tell him justice is waiting for him." "Ok Justin,Thank You, Bye Bye". That line had me in stitches in Eagle vs Shark.

TK on Oct 3, 2015

5

huh. Unexpected. But bring it.

harm on Oct 3, 2015

6

Not aware of this guys films but Marvel need to step it up for Thor. The first one was good but the second quite poor in my opinion. I appreciate that he's a tough character to get right but he doesn't get 'the meat' that I think Hemsworth deserves.

Payne by name on Oct 4, 2015

7

I'm with you. Thor was okay - entertaining, but Thor 2 was god awful... maybe Ragnarok will offer a bit of redemption to the weakest Marvel franchise.

TheOct8pus on Oct 5, 2015

8

Fingers crossed that it does.

Payne by name on Oct 5, 2015

9

I think apart from Captain America. The rest of the sequels have been underwhelming. IM2 and 3 weren't the best and even the latest Avengers was a bit of let down. Hopefully Taika can give it some life.

TK on Oct 6, 2015

10

The only good thing about superhero movies is that they make all other movies look SOOO much better.

Charles Knowlton on Oct 4, 2015

11

Burn! lol

Joker's hideout on Oct 7, 2015

12

What we do in the shadows was a great movie???? It was boring as hell and the jokes didn't work. So this is bad news for me.....

ari smulders on Oct 5, 2015

13

Another leap of faith from Marvel. They're doing with their movies what they've always done with their comics....putting talented, unique, visionaries at the helm to give each individual project its own distinctive feel. I'm digging it.... I'm still sour over the Edgar Wright thing though....

TheOct8pus on Oct 5, 2015

14

Am I the only person that's never heard of this guy? Admittedly I wasn't interested in seeing What...Shadows but still....this guy has a big following? hmmm ok

Joker's hideout on Oct 7, 2015

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