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Taika Waititi interview: Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Thor 3

16 September 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Sep 19, 2016

Writer-director Taika Waititi talks to us about his new film Hunt For The Wilderpeople, weird sermons, Thor 3 and more...

Whether they're vampires dealing with modern life in Wellington or a group of kids growing up by the sea in the 80s, Taika Waititi's films revel in the quirky details of their characters. In his films Eagle Vs Shark, Boy and What We Do In The Shadows, Waititi finds delicious moments of humour in the mundane and everyday: a geeky couple bonding over their mutual love of videogames, or, in his latest film, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, a profoundly odd sermon.

In Wilderpeople, Barry Crump's book Wild Pork And Watercress is reimagined as an oddball road-trip drama about a disadvantaged city kid (Julian Dennison) who finds himself travelling through the wilds of New Zealand with a cantankerous foster uncle played by Sam Neill. It's a charming, »

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‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Exclusive Clip: On the Run, Young Ricky Writes a Haiku

10 September 2016 3:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Taika Waititi’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” follows defiant kid Ricky (Julian Dennison), who is sent by child welfare services to live in the country with foster parents Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and cantankerous Uncle Hec (Sam Neill). When Bella suddenly dies and child services threatens to take Ricky away, he runs away into the wilderness with Uncle Hec in pursuit. Soon, a national manhunt ensues for the two when government officials erroneously believe Hec has kidnapped Ricky. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring a young Ricky writing a haiku.

Read More: Sundance Review: Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Starring Sam Neill & Julian Dennison

The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It also screened at South by Southwest, Tribeca Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. It entered limited release this past June.

Waititi previously directed the mockumentary horror »

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Hunt For The Wilderpeople review

6 September 2016 8:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Published Date  Friday, September 16, 2016 - 06:35

Other directors might have tried to make a grittier adaptation of the novel Wild Pork And Watercress, written by the best-selling New Zealand author, Barry Crump. But rather than try to emulate Crump’s spare, masculine storytelling, writer-director Taika Waititi gently bends the story's tone to his own quirky sensibility.

The result is another film about misunderstood outsiders from the filmmaker behind such brilliantly offbeat comedies as Eagle Vs Shark and What We Do In The Shadows; in Waititi’s hands, Hunt For The Wilderpeople becomes an eccentric outdoors adventure with welcome splashes of laugh-out-loud comedy. It’s like a blend of Waititi’s 2010 hit Boy and 1982 Stallone joint, First Blood - with maybe a bit of Harold And Maude and Thelma And Louise thrown in for good measure.

Julian Dennison plays Ricky Baker, a disadvantaged, overweight city kid who’s sent »

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Is This the Avengers Quinjet on the Thor: Ragnarok Set?

7 August 2016 1:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Leading into this summer's Captain America: Civil War, practically every established superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was featured, with two notable exceptions: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Their exclusion made much more sense when it was confirmed that Mark Ruffalo will return to the McU in Thor: Ragnarok, with the story reportedly including a "cosmic road trip" that both heroes will go on. Over the weekend, a new set photo surfaced that reveals an iconic McU vehicle will be featured.

Twitter user "Bigr1g" posted an aerial photo from the Village Roadshow Studios set in Australia, which shows that construction is under way on the iconic Quinjet. Of course, this makes plenty of sense and follows the McU continuity, since the last time we saw Hulk was when he commandeered a QuinJet at the end of last summer's blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, taking off for parts »

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Will Spider-Man Meet Hulk and Thor in Ragnarok?

3 August 2016 10:40 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There was a time when Marvel Studios would only shoot one movie at a time, but since next year marks the first that the studio will release three movies a year, instead of their traditional two, things have changed. Right now, two Phase 3 movies, Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7, 2017) are shooting on different ends of the globe. A recent Twitter conversation between both films' directors has fans shaking their heads, and wondering if the new Spider-Man, Tom Holland, will be featured in Thor 3.

Anyone who has been following Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi on Twitter before and during the production knows that the filmmaker has quite the sense of humor. After all, he is best known for light-hearted comedies such as the HBO series Flight of the Conchords and films such as Eagle vs. Shark, What We Do In the Shadows and Hunt For the Wilderpeople, which »

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Start your day right with the trailer and poster for Hunt for the Wilderpeople

3 August 2016 2:02 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

A few years ago we placed 2007’s Eagle Vs. Shark on our Love, Theatrically list of the most romantic films of all time, and with good reason. Taika Waititi’s debut film had a wonderfully strange charm, with offbeat character moments and a huge heart to it. With Waititi currently working on Thor Ragnarok for Marvel […]

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- Jon Lyus

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Arthouse Audit: A24’s ‘Swiss Army Man’ Slices ‘The Neon Demon’

26 June 2016 10:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A24 is having a strong 2016. They started out winning Oscars for three films (“Room,” “Ex Machina” and “Amy”), took smart horror flick “The Witch” wide to great success, and now with “The Lobster ” and “Swiss Army Man,” can claim the two highest per theater average limited openings of the year.  And they’ve done what other companies seem not to be able to do: reached a younger audience quite different from those that have elevated such adult hits as “Eye in the Sky” and “Hello, My Name Is Doris.”

Among the elevated number of prime openings fleshing out the summer specialized release schedule, the surprise second best was “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (The Orchard), a New Zealand countryside story that could become a sleeper success with wider audiences.

The other shocker: the complete failure of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon” (Amazon Studios/Broad Green), which despite major advance »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Review: 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople' is a charming coming-of-age adventure story

23 June 2016 2:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Taika Waititi has been quietly building his body of work as a filmmaker with a distinctive comic voice and a deadpan absurdist shooting style. Eagle vs Shark was a sweet little romantic comedy with a real voice, and What We Do In The Shadows is a laugh-out-loud deflation of film vampires from every era. With his latest film, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Waititi really comes into focus as a filmmaker, and he’s got an exceptional sense of control over some tricky material. It helps that Sam Neill gives one of his very best performances as Hec, a grizzled old man who lives on a remote farm with Bella (Rima Te Wiata, who was delightful in Housebound). When the foster care system brings them a 12-year-old boy named Ricky (Julian Dennison), Bella is able to forge a connection to him. It’s not easy, but once Ricky starts to get comfortable, »

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Taika Waititi Explains Why 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' Is Like a Kid's Fantasy Movie

22 June 2016 7:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When most people think of movies and New Zealand, they jump to Peter Jackson and Lord of the Rings. As well they should, since Jackson's movies shifted the rest of the world's perception of New Zealand into a picturesque fantasy land. But New Zealand's film industry hasn't only given great landscapes to the world, they're also exporting some very, very funny people who keep climbing higher and higher in Hollywood. One New Zealander whose career is rocketing off is Taika Waititi (pictured above). He first started to catch international eyes in the late 2000s thanks to work on Flight of the Conchords and Eagle vs. Shark, but it was 2014's vampire documentary What We Do In the Shadows that seemed to really start a career...

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi Reveals How He’ll Bring The Charm Of His Quirky New Zealand Blockbusters To Marvel

21 June 2016 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For most independent filmmakers, making the jump from their own modestly budgeted films to a box office hit is the endgame, the big dream, the ever-dangling carrot on a stick. For “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” director Taika Waititi, it’s already old hat. The New Zealand director may be on the cusp of shooting his very first Hollywood feature – the third “Thor” standalone film, due out in November of next year – but the “Boy” and “What We Do In the Shadows” director is already very familiar with making smash hits that entire countries adore.

“Wilderpeople,” which debuted at Sundance back in January, is already a huge success in New Zealand, ranking as the highest-grossing locally-produced feature film of all time (as of last week, it had made over $8.3 million in New Zealand alone; for some context, that’s nearly $5 million more than “Captain America: Civil War”). But it’s hardly »

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‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ Exclusive Video: Director Taika Waititi Provides Rules For Survival

20 June 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hunt for the Wilderpeople” follows Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), a scrappy young city kid known to cause plenty of trouble, who is sent by child welfare services to live in the country with foster Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and mysterious, grumpy Uncle Hec (Sam Neill). But when Ricky flees to the bush, Uncle Hec chases after him only for child services to believe the mentally unstable Hec kidnapped the boy. Now, they must band together in order to best survive in the wild. In this exclusive clip below, see director Taika Waititi discuss his personal rules for survival in the bush.

Read More: Sundance Review: Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Starring Sam Neill & Julian Dennison

Director Taika Waititi’s 2005 short film “Two Cars, One Night” was nominated for an Oscar. He has also previously directed the features “Eagle vs. Shark,” starring Jemaine Clement, one of two members »

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Who's Side Is Thor Really on in Captain America: Civil War?

16 June 2016 5:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Captain America: Civil War hit theaters, practically every character who has been previously established in the Marvel Universe was accounted for, with two notable exceptions, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). In the months leading up to Captain America: Civil War, it was confirmed that Hulk would return in Thor: Ragnarok, where both heroes would go on a "cosmic road trip" together. With both Hulk and Thor out of the picture for Civil War, many fans have wondered which side these heroes would take in this epic battle. Now, one of Marvel's new directors is offering an interesting theory.

Earlier this year, Taika Waititi signed on to direct Thor: Ragnarok, which was seen by many as an unusual choice. The filmmaker is best known for his comedies such as Eagle vs. Shark, What We Do In the Shadows and his work on the cult classic TV series Flight of the Conchords. »

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Taika Waititi Updates the 'What We Do in the Shadows' Sequel Status, Plus: Thor's 'Civil War' Allegiance

16 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When Taikai Waititi was hired to direct Thor: Ragnarok, a lot of people the world over probably did a bit of a, "Who?" He's not quite yet a household name despite the actor-writer-director-producer's credits including Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Green Lantern, The Inbetweeners, and What We Do In the Shadows. His newest movie is the adventure comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neil as the gruff foster uncle of a kid on the run from the New Zealand government. It's a very funny, very touching movie about finding family in unexpected places and is well worth seeking out when it hits theaters on June 24, 2016. Fandango recently spoke with Waititi about Hunt for the Wilderpeople, but we'll save that part of our...

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Team Iron Man or Team Cap? 'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Tells Us Which Team Thor Would Pick

15 June 2016 10:37 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

When Taika Waititi was hired to direct Thor: Ragnarok, a lot of people the world over probably did a bit of a "Who?" You may not recognize the name, but the actor-writer-director-producer's credits include Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Green Lantern, The Inbetweeners and What We Do in the Shadows. His newest movie is the adventure-comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neill as the gruff foster uncle of a kid on the run from the New Zealand...

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Team Iron Man or Team Cap? 'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Tells Us Whom Thor Would Side With

15 June 2016 10:37 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

When Taika Waititi was hired to direct Thor: Ragnarok, a lot of people the world over probably did a bit of a "Who?" You may not recognize the name, but the actor-writer-director-producer's credits include Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Green Lantern, The Inbetweeners and What We Do in the Shadows. His newest movie is the adventure-comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neill as the gruff foster uncle of a kid on the run from the New Zealand...

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Team Iron Man or Team Cap? 'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Tells Us Who Thor Would Side With

15 June 2016 10:37 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

When Taika Waititi was hired to direct Thor: Ragnarok, a lot of people the world over probably did a bit of a "Who?" You may not recognize the name, but the actor-writer-director-producer's credits include Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Green Lantern, The Inbetweeners and What We Do in the Shadows. His newest movie is the adventure comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neill as the gruff foster uncle of a kid on the run from the New Zealand...

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Captain Marvel: more names added to director shortlist

2 June 2016 10:46 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Aug 25, 2016

Babadook director Jennifer Kent is reportedly out of the running for Captain Marvel, as the latest shortlist of filmmakers appears...

With Brie Larson now confirmed as the lead in Captain Marvel, the hunt is now on to pin down a director. We'd heard in previous months that Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) were both on a list over at Marvel Studios, but much seems to have changed since we last heard about the project in June. Kent has now been ruled out according to the latest report, as has Kung Fu Panda 2 director Jennifer Yuh.

Niki Caro's still in the running, but she's joined by Lesli Linka Glatter (previously known for TV's Ray Donovan and Homeland) and Lorene Scafaria, who made the indie comedy Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. The Hollywood Reporter adds that Marvel Studios isn't »

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Thor 3 Director Gets Explosion Advice from His Marvel Peers

12 May 2016 4:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in October, shortly after director Taika Waititi signed on to direct Thor: Ragnarok, a report surfaced that claimed this third Thor adventure was the Marvel Cinematic Universe's darkest movie yet. The report claimed that Taika Waititi, best known for light-hearted indie comedies like Eagle vs. Shark and last year's What We Do In the Shadows, was brought on to add some comedic balance into the mix. While we'll have to wait until next November to see how this balance plays out when Thor 3 hits theaters, the filmmaker showed off his humorous side yesterday in a spirited Twitter conversation with Marvel directors James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Peyton Reed (Ant-Man).

Last night, the director took to his Twitter page to ask James Gunn and Peyton Reed how many explosions he should put in his movie. The director added that he currently only has one explosion, and it's »

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New Trailer Sees Sam Neill And Julian Dennison Embark On A Hunt For The Wilderpeople

28 April 2016 8:01 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Throughout his short and blistering career, Taika Waititi has served up quirky indie romance in Eagle Vs. Shark and cast blinding light on a house filled with vampires in the really rather excellent horror comedy, What We Do In The Shadows.

It’s enough to give ardent Marvelites a tease of what’s to come, too, considering that the New Zealand filmmaker is set to helm next year’s Thor: Raganrok. But before whisking moviegoers back to the decadent halls of Asgard, Waititi is on the verge of releasing a much more intimate adventure in Hunt For the Wilderpeople.

Lifting inspiration from Barry Crump’s acclaimed 1995 adventure novel Wild Pork And Watercressa, Hunt for the Wilderpeople places Sam Neill in the shoes of Hec, a grizzled and curmudgeonly foster uncle who reluctantly agrees to take care of Ricky, a stubborn city kid (Julian Dennison). As an unlikely pair of not-so-happy campers, »

- Michael Briers

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Watch: New U.S. Trailer For Taika Waititi's Comedy 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople'

27 April 2016 11:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Know for his distinctive brand of comedy, which has earned him a cult following, Taika Waititi, who has helmed pictures like "Eagle Vs. Shark" and "What We Do In The Shadows," didn't seem like the obvious choice when he was tapped by Marvel to direct "Thor: Ragnarok." But according to Marvel honcho Kevin Feige, there's a method to the madness.  Read More: Sundance Review: Taika Waititi's 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople' Starring Sam Neill & Julian Dennison “We choose from a pool of filmmakers not who have done big, giant films before but who have done interesting things that made us stop and go, ‘That’s cool,’” he told Vulture. “That’s the criterion for a meeting. Then we need to see if they’re up to the task of working on something this collaborative and this intensive — because a very expensive, big-budget movie that has a release date is inherently intense. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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