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Hunt For The Wilderpeople’s Original Script Struck A Much Darker Tone

Many people think of Taika Waititi’s work as relentlessly positive and humorous, and for a good reason. Movies like “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Boy,” and “Thor: Ragnarok” all felt infectiously fun and happy despite sometimes veering into darker territory. This is why it might be surprising that one of his earliest works was actually […]

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From Gay Pirates to Neurotic Vampires, Taika Waititi’s Radical TV Universe Blends Silliness with Soul

There are many ways to joke about vampires and pirates, but few that would make you care about them in the process.That’s the essence of Taika Waititi’s brand. From the self-aware machismo he brought to “Thor” to the imaginary Hitler he played to cheer up an alienated Nazi child in “Jojo Rabbit,” Waititi has excelled […]

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Bill Skarsgard, Michelle Dockery Action Thriller ‘Boy Kills World’ Boarded by Capstone Global (Exclusive)

Capstone Global has boarded action-thriller “Boy Kills World,” starring Bill Skarsgård, Michelle Dockery and Jessica Rothe.The Los Angeles-based production and sales outfit is partnering on the pic with Nthibah Pictures, Hammerstone Studios, Sam Raimi’s Raimi Productions and Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment. Sales will be launched in Cannes, with both Capstone and CAA co-representing U.S. rights.The […]

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Ashley Walters: ‘Kids make mistakes. I know that now as a father of eight’

The Top Boy star on making his directorial debut, becoming a grandfather and hiding his ballet skills from the boys in PeckhamLondon-born Ashley Walters, 38, first found fame under the moniker Asher D, a member of UK garage collective So Solid Crew. He’s now best known as an actor, with film and TV credits including […]

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Taika Waititi’s Best ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Advice, Via Peter Jackson: Just Do the Call Sheet

It seems like the best plan for getting through the grueling process of big-budget studio filmmaking is taking it one small step at a time. Speaking on the debut episode of Shudder’s new podcast “Visitations,” that’s what Taika Waititi said he learned from fellow New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson.After speaking with co-hosts Elijah Wood and […]

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