Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi wants to ‘change the entire thing’


Taika Waititi is a New Zealand director focused on small movies like Eagle vs. Shark and What We Do in the Shadows. He’s known for doing comedy with Jemaine Clement, who can be seen in the previously mentioned films along with starring in Flight of the Conchords. With Waititi attached to helm Thor: Ragnarok, one would think that it’s an odd choice. However, Marvel Studios is known for thinking outside the box when it comes to hiring directors. It has hired the Russo brothers, known for co-directing episodes from NBC’s Community, for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and The Avengers: Infinity War 1 and 2.

While promoting The Hunt for the Wilderpeople at the Sundance Film Festival, Waititi told SuperHeroHype about how he’s going to handle the third Thor film.

“I feel like for me to keep this filmmaking job interesting, I gotta change it all the time,” he said. “This is an opportunity for me to make something that’s so out of my usual go-to topics and style of filmmaking and make something that’s big and exciting and to test myself. This is the thing. I’m so relaxed in my life right now that it doesn’t matter what happens. I just feel like this is just a great opportunity to learn something. You gotta do that, you just gotta keep learning and that’s what this is for me.”

“Plus also I collected comics as a kid and what filmmaker doesn’t have somewhere in their head that question, ‘Can I do a blockbuster?’”

He then talks about how he’s been reading up about Ragnarok and how he’s going to change things.

“Nobody knows what Ragnarok is,” he laughed. “I started reading about the actual Norse Ragnarok and that’s even more insane than the comics. Crazy!”

“But that’s what I’m going to really concentrate on, really make an effort to change the entire thing,” he said. “For me, I want to treat this as if it was the first Thor film, so we’re going to redo it. You just have to flip it and freshen it up, like anything. It’s also part of a very well-established universe right now, but that’s why they got me.”

He also told the site that he’s not worried about the previous Thor films and any Thor film that’s going to follow his version.

“This is the cool thing is that anything goes in these early stages, ideas-wise. We really are in the early stages,” he said.

As for Waititi wanting to change everything, let’s see if Marvel Studios is going to be okay with it. Remember when Edgar Wright wanted his version of Ant-Man but decided to leave due to creative differences?

Filming is expected to start in July.

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 7, 2017.

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