‘Thor 3’ Finds Its Director in Taika Waititi

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Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct “Thor: Ragnarok,” the third installment in Marvel’s “Thor” franchise.

The New Zealand native helmed several episodes of the TV series “Flight of the Conchords” in addition to writing and directed the vampire spoof “What We Do in the Shadows” and the indie comedy “Eagle vs. Shark.” Waititi, who’s half-Maori, also penned the script for Disney’s upcoming animated movie “Moana.”

Waititi also acted as the character Tom Kalmaku 2011’s “Green Lantern” opposite Ryan Reynolds.

Kenneth Branagh directed 2011’s original “Thor” and Alan Taylor helmed “Thor: The Dark World” in 2013. The first film grossed $449 million worldwide and the sequel took in $645 million.

Chris Hemsworth will return as the titular superhero. Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif) will be back to star as well.

The script for “Thor: Ragnarok” has been written by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle. Yost was a co-writer on “Thor: The Dark World.

Kevin Feige is the producer. “Thor: Ragnarok” hits theaters on Nov. 3, 2017.

Waititi is represented by CAA and Manage-ment.

The news was first reported by The Wrap.

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  1. Tariq says:

    so when are they announcing the Black Panther movie director?

  2. Magico says:

    ….Who?

    “The Russos were Comedy Director and that worked out pretty well”

    Yes, but that was the exception.

    Instead of nabbing the newly freed up Guillermo Del Toro ( who anyone with a brain figures would do an amazing job with Thor material), Marvel goes the cheapo route and hands the reigns of a potential blockbuster to an unknown commodity.

    Im expecting Ragnarok to be good, but not great.

    Marvel continues nerfing and watering down their most their most powerful character. Oh well.

    • Elle says:

      You don’t know that the Russo’s were the exception.

      Waititi has directed (and written) dramas with incredible success and to me, the drama of Thor’s storyline is just as important as the action. I love that Marvel gives directors like Whedon, the RUsso’s (and now Waititi) a chance.

      Before you judge, consider that just because someone isn’t ‘big’ in Hollywood it doesn’t mean that they’re not going to deliver.

      And for the record, Waititi has a brilliant reputation in the New Zealand film industry.

  3. loveisforchildren says:

    It’s Ragnarok! not “ragnorak”

    • bb says:

      What on earth makes you think Del Toro would be interested. Or that Marvel has interest in suddenly changing the aesthetic of an established franchise. Or that anyone thinks bringing in a director who clearly plays by his own rules would ever makes sense for a control heavy team like Marvel. Not to mention the millions of dollars that don’t make it on screen and instead go to his bank account right off the top. And to be clear they didn’t “hand the reigns” over to anyone ever, not even Joss.

  4. ___ says:

    This decision is clearly sabotage by either a Sony, Fox or DC spy in Marvel.

  5. Dude with a Problem says:

    Huh? All of his credits are for comedies.

    I would say this is a perfect example of another unqualified white male director getting a big studio job, but he’s not quite white, so…

    I’m just baffled.

    But ladies, get ready to lob those grenades that a woman director wasn’t chosen.

    Alan Taylor can’t cost THAT much, can he?

    • Moon says:

      what are you on about??? He’s half Maori and he is not white at all (Maoris are not white, in case you didn’t know it). And for those that keep bitching about it, Waititi has created, scripted and directed original films so far. I am wondering how many people have seen Boy, What we do in the Shadows and Flight of the Concords. I respect Marvel for taking the risk to give Thor to an indie filmmaker that has worked his way up thanks to his original creativity.

    • Matthew says:

      The brothers who directed Winter Soldier were primarily known for directing episodes of Community and other television comedy. That turned out to be probably the best Marvel movie yet (my own opinion and I know I’m not alone) and now they’re doing the third Captain movie and helming the large 2-part Avengers film and I’m sure few are complaining.

      And… following Thor 2 and Terminator Genysis, I doubt it was high demand that kept Alan Taylor away from this picture.

      Waititi’s movies are well made and entertaining, even if they are off-genre. If this was the type of thing that could worry me, I wouldn’t be.

    • Al Swearengen says:

      The Russo Bros came from a comedic background.

  6. Stephen says:

    Is Idris Elba returning?

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