In about a week’s time, anyone who’s never seen a Taika Waititi movie before is going to instantly become a fan. Thor: Ragnarok is that kind of game-changing, big-budget Hollywood debut, and it’s opening up a lot of doors for the director.
The biggest one is that he’s the long-rumoured sequel to Waititi’s amazing vampire comedy What We Do In the Shadows.
We spoke to Waititi today about a lot of good Thor stuff, which you’ll be reading soon, but also asked him if he had a personal connection to Akira. Here’s his response.
My mum took me to see Akira in the cinema in 1989, or whenever it came out in New Zealand, and it was a huge turning point in my life for what I imagined animation to be and realising what it could be. It’s stuck with me this whole time and I feel, visually, the film was such an amazing thing.
So I read the [comic] books and I was always more curious as to what a broader adaptation of the books might look like instead of a remake of the film, which doesn’t need to be remade. But I do feel there could be a cool live action adaptation of the books.
But while his connection to that film is still uncertain, it seems possible it could be his next movie. And even if it’s not, his next film will almost certainly not be We’re Wolves, the werewolf-centric sequel to What We Do In the Shadows.
“It is slowly developing at the slow pace Jemaine [Clement] and I usually work, which is excruciatingly slow,” Waititi said. “So while we do these things on the side we do slowly chip away at that thing and write down ideas. But we usually write down like one sentence a month.”
That doesn’t quite inspire confidence, but at that pace, in a few decades, maybe they will have a short film to show for it.
Waititi’s latest film Thor: Ragnarok is out now in Australia. We’ll have many more of his thoughts on that film very soon.