UPDATE: Taika Waititi (‘Thor: Ragnarok’) to Write & Direct ‘Next Goal Wins’ for Fox Searchlight
Taika Waititi has signed on to write and direct ‘Next Goals Wins’ with co-writer Iain Morris for Fox Searchlight before returning to Marvel Studios for ‘Thor: Love and Thunder.’ The film will be based on the 2014 British soccer documentary of the same name, from directors Mike Brett and Steve Jamison. The documentary follows Dutch coach Thomas Rongen who attempts the nearly impossible task of turning the American Samoa soccer team from perennial losers into winners.
Waititi broke out with writing and directing the hit Marvel film ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in 2017. He will be taking on the much anticipated sequel with filming starting next August. Waititi also wrote and directed ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ which Fox Searchlight also collaborated on and is releasing October 18th, and directed an episode of the Disney+ Star Wars series ‘The Mandalorian,’ premiering November 12th. He was also attached to Netflix’s ‘Bubbles’ and Warner Bros.’ ‘Akira,’ before departing from both projects.
Morris has recently written an episode of Taika Waititi’s FX adaptation of ‘What We Do In The Shadows.’ They have collaborated several times before on HBO’s ‘Flight of the Concords’ and both the E4 and MTV versions of ‘The Inbetweeners.’
Additionally, the project has been greenlit to shoot this fall.
However, there is currently no release date as of now.