“Thor: Ragnarok” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” filmmaker Taika Waititi turned up at the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday to discuss the “What We Do In The Shadows” TV series.
Whilst there he also spoke about his next directorial effort, the WW2 satirical comedy “Jojo Rabbit” in which he himself plays an imaginary Adolf Hitler.
The story follows a ten-year-old boy who, ridiculed by his peers and misunderstood by his mother (Scarlett Johansson), struggles to find his place increasingly Fascist regime. He resorts to the imaginary Hitler who can offer advice and help him cope.
Speaking at the panel (via Slashfilm), Waititi says he’s gone back to film some reshoots on the project but expects to be finished in the spring and already has a planned release in mind:
“I’m doing some additional photography on that right now. I’ll probably finish it in about April. I think it’ll be around the end of the year, that time of the year for sure. It’s very similar to the tone of my other films – not including Shadows and Ragnarok – like Wilderpeople, Boy and my earlier films. A fun balance of tone of comedy and drama.”
Sam Rockwell, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Rebel Wilson, Thomasin McKenzie, and Roman Griffin co-star in the film which Fox Searchlight will distribute.