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Taika Waititi’s Next project is a Soccer Documentary, Not Thor 4!

Taika Waititi to direct an adaptation of a hugely appreciated soccer documentary adaptation!



August 12, 2019

Taika Waititi’s upcoming project is Next Goal Wins. The film is based on a British soccer documentary of the same name and was directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison. The feature adaptation of the documentary will have Iain Morris working on it along with Taika Waititi. Fox Searchlight has effectively backed Waititi with his abrupt new project.

Next Goal Wins depicts an uplifting account of the American Samoa soccer team. Dutch coach, Thomas Rongen takes up the challenge to train this team against the tide of their “forever losers” reputation to becoming strong World cup contenders. The doc premiered at 2014 Tribeca Film festival and also created quite a buzz at British Independent Film Awards by winning the Best Documentary.

This classic “underdogs prepping for a winning streak” narrative, has won hearts with its comical mood. And who better than Waititi, to serve a strong storyline with a dash of humor?

Imaginarium Productions owned by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish bought the rights to this documentary in 2015. Following which, they approached Waititi to direct the adaptation who then got Garret Basch to produce it.

For a director to write and direct three completely different movies and yet deliver an incredible experience each time seems challenging. Starting from Jojo Rabbit, Next Goal Wins and then Thor: Love and Thunder, the ride seems pretty schizophrenic.

Marvel’s Thor 4, will kick start production at the beginning of 2020. It was surprising to see Waititi giving a nod to another directorial venture in the wake of Jojo. But since Next Goal wins is relatively a smaller project, it shall wind up well in time for the helmer to begin with the MCU sequel. Disney has locked in November 5, 2021, for the release of Thor: Love and Thunder.

Fox Searchlight seems head over heels for Waititi post making of Jojo Rabbit. Set in the era of Nazi Germany Jojo Rabbit is a satirical depiction of the life of a naïve young boy. The feature stars Scarlet Johanson, Rebel Wilson and Waititi himself in a very crucial role. It is set to release on October 18. The period drama is galloping high hopes of an Oscar.

The New Zealand based actor turned director has introduced audiences to the most pristine regions of the comical spectrum. It would be interesting to watch how he recreates the impact of a successfully narrated soccer story with a “Waititi spin” to it.

Taika Waititi’s Next project is a Soccer Documentary, Not Thor 4!

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