Waititi Talks His “Thor: Ragnarok” Plans

Out doing press rounds in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Taika Waititi has spoken for the first time about his approach to his next project – the upcoming Marvel Studios film “Thor: Ragnarok”.

Speaking with both Crave Online and CNet, Waititi surprisingly revealed that despite filming plans already set, a lot of details about the production have yet to be locked down: “We’re still figuring out what characters are in it and how they all interact. We’re very early on in prep, storylining, figuring it all out.” Asked about why he was hired and the nature of the work, he says:

“My strength in this is bringing my style of humor, which is probably a very different style of humor. They’ve had good jokes in them before, but I think where I come from is maybe a fresher style. It could just shake the entire thing up a bit.

…I’ve talked a lot about my style and the way I work on set, which is very improvisational. I make up a lot of shots on the spot sometimes but I always have a plan. I always plan what I’m going to do and then I’ll throw that plan away when I see what the actors want to do, and then we have to come to a common ground and figure that out.

…Everyone wants to make the best story possible. [The development process is] very collaborative, more collaborative than I think people probably expect. It’s not just one person ordering everyone around. It’s people discussing and saying, ‘What if it was like this’ or ‘I don’t think it should be like that’, which is very healthy. And it’s actually what I’m used to, coming from theatre and co-ops and collaborating.”

Waititi says that he plans to shoot practically and on location as much as possible. He also says his pitch for the project, the one that got him hired, was all about putting the focus back on the God of Thunder: “How I pitched it was like, [Thor] just needs to be the most interesting character. If you’re going to call the movie Thor, Thor has to be the best character.”