Its official, Taika Waititi will be directing Thor 4. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Waititi has signed a deal to write and direct a follow-up to the 2017 hit, Thor: Ragnarok. This will be the fourth installment of the MCU franchise for Thor. (Please, if anyone from Marvel Studios reads this, we really want to see Beta Ray Bill in the next Thor movie!)
Unfortunately for Akira fans, Waititi’s work on the Thor 4 movie puts Warner Brother’s long-in-development Akira movie adaptation on hold indefinitely. The hopes are that Akira can get resume production once he is done. Akira was originally slated for May 2021, release and was already auditioning actors. However, development concerns caused Akira to push back its shooting start dates back freeing up Waititi.
Taika Waititi, who…Thor 4… what?
Taika Waititi is definitely a name many people are familiar with now. His runaway hit with MCU fans on Thor: Ragnarok brought in $854 million worldwide for Marvel Studios. He is also directing an episode of the highly anticipated Disney+ series The Mandalorian. If that wasn’t enough, he is also directing Time Bandits the remake of the 1981 Terry Gilliam movie of the same name over at Apple. But what did he do before all of these fan favorites?
If you are a movie connoisseur or frequent art house theaters than you may recognize his other movie credits like Eagle vs. Shark, Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. In addition Waititi directed several episodes of the cult favorite TV series Flight of the Conchords. Directing and writing are not all you may recognize him for though. He also acted in Thor: Ragnarok as the character Korg and reprised that role in Avengers: Endgame.
Taika Waititi’s next film to hit theaters is Jojo Rabbit, a unique Nazi-era satire he directed for Fox Searchlight, which is set to open Oct. 18, 2019. No word yet on a scheduled for Thor 4.