Waititi Gives “Shadows,” “Wilderpeople” Sequel Update

Filmmaker Taika Waititi is still at work on Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” but has taken some time out in the last few days to do press for the home video release of his previous film “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” which remains one of 2016’s best features.

With ‘Thor’ to wrap later this year and then head into post, there’s the question of what the New Zealand filmmaker will tackle once he’s finished with his Marvel work. In the past he’s discussed “We’re Wolves,” a spin-off/sequel to his vampire comedy “What We Do in the Shadows” with the focus shifting to the werewolf characters seen in that film. He tells IGN this week that the project is still going but there’s no hurry:

“It’s still in the works. But the Jemaine [Clement] and Taika works is a very long and slow machine – we put an idea in one end, and it takes about six years to come out the other end. And sometimes it doesn’t even come out. And sometimes it comes out as a different idea. So we’ve got the idea of We’re Wolves into the machine, and it’s now slowly going through the sausage maker. So in a couple of years I think it will come out as a script and we’ll shoot that. Or maybe it will just come out as some t-shirts.”

Waititi also suggested the possibility of another adventure featuring Wilderpeople’s characters of Hec (Sam Neill) and Ricky (Julian Dennison):

“I might revisit – I like the idea of doing something else with them, but also I get bored of doing the same thing again. I just get bored… maybe I’ll just go out into the wilderness with Sam and Julian again for two months.”

Waititi also helmed the recent comedy sketch about Thor done for Comic Con and released online the other week. In that sketch, Chris Hemsworth’s character is spending time living in Australia with an average roommate named Darryl. Asked if we’ll see more of that short, Waititi definitely suggests we might see more in the near future – indicating the previous clip was an excerpt from a larger project and we may get more soon:

“I think you’ll probably could see him again. There may be other little pieces of that thing that everyone saw that may just be a small part of a bigger thing.”

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is out now on digital platforms. “Thor: Ragnarok” hits cinemas in November next year.