Yesterday came the news that filmmaker Taika Waititi is set to direct a new relatively low-budget film for Fox Searchlight, one that is being rushed to shoot this Fall and aims to be completed by the time he has to get to work filming Marvel’s blockbuster “Thor: Love and Thunder” in the back half of 2020.
Now, sources close to the project have shared a few more details about the film which has been revealed to be titled “Next Goal Wins” and is a narrative feature adaptation of the 2014 documentary of the same name.
Waititi wrote the screenplay with Iain Morris and the story follows the National Football Team of American Samoa as they attempt to turn around their disastrous record and qualify for the FIFA World Cup with the help of new Coach Thomas Rongen. Garrett Basch, Jonathan Cavendish and Andy Serkis will produce the film.
Waititi has World War II satire “Jojo Rabbit” hitting this Fall via Fox Searchlight, and was slated to direct the live-action “Akira” remake at Warners before putting that aside for these other films.