Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Adds Composer Michael Giacchino (‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ ‘Incredibles 2’)

Mar 22, 2019

Taika Waititi’s next film ‘Jojo Rabbit’ now has composer Michael Giacchino onboard the dark dramedy. This will mark their first collaboration. Waititi serves as both writer and director of the film.

Giacchino is both a Pixar and Marvel Studios alum, among many other famous franchises. He was the composer of all three ‘Star Trek’ films, the second and third ‘Planet of the Apes’ films, both ‘Jurassic World’ films, the third and fourth ‘Mission Impossible’ films, and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.’ As for Pixar, he did ‘Ratatouille,’ ‘Up,’ ‘Cars 2,’ ‘Inside Out,’ ‘Coco,’ and both ‘Incredibles’ films. He also did Disney Animation’s ‘Zootopia.’ For Marvel Studios, he did ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ He came back for the sequel ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home,’ releasing July 5th.

The premise of ‘Jojo Rabbit’ is below:

“Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler is a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive patriotic beliefs. However, this all changes when a young girl challenges those views and causes Jojo to face his own issues.”

The cast comprises of Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, and Stephen Merchant. Oh, and Waititi as Adolf Hitler.

Waititi grew in popularity thanks to his most recent film ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’ However, he got a following due to his earlier films, such as ‘Boy’ and ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople.’

As for television, he has several episodes of HBO’s ‘Flight of the Conchords’ under his belt. Recently, Waititi was the season finale director on the upcoming Star Wars series ‘The Mandalorian.’ That show is coming to the Disney+ streaming service later this year.

He also was the director of the pilot for the FX series adaptation of his acclaimed film ‘What We Do in the Shadows.’ The series of the same name premieres March 27th on FX. He’s also still working on the long-gestating ‘Shadows’ follow-up film ‘We’re Wolves.’

Lastly, he is co-writing and directing the pilot of Apple’s television series adaptation of ‘Time Bandits.’

Disney’s Fox Searchlight will (hopefully) release the film this fall.

Source: Discussing Film