Before THOR: LOVE & THUNDER, Taika Waititi Directing an Underdog Soccer Film for Another DISNEY Studio - Report

Taika Waititi
Taika Waititi
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Credit: Icon Productions

Updated August 8, 2019: The "secret" film Variety said writer/director Taika Waititi is working for Fox Searchlight is a soccer film, according to Deadline. Waititi has reportedly already finished a script adapting the 2014 soccer documentary Next Goal Wins.

"After suffering a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia in 2001, American Samoa - officially the worst football team on earth - are still in search of their first ever competitive win," reads Icon Productions' description of the original documentary. "When maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen arrives on the island to help the team achieve this elusive goal, he discovers that his ramshackle team includes an emotionally scarred goalkeeper and the first transgender player ever to play international football. They haven't scored a goal for four years. With the team about to embark on a gruelling World Cup Qualification campaign, Rongen has just one month to transform this ragtag of endemic losers into a winning team - and perhaps learn a little about himself along the way."

The Hollywood trade says Waititi expects to film the Next Goal Wins adaptation this fall, and then begin production on Thor: Love and Thunder in early 2020.

Original Story August 7, 2019: Taika Waititi will direct an unnamed secret film for newly-Disney-owned studio Fox Searchlight Pictures before taking on November 2021's Thor: Love and Thunder for Disney subsidiary Marvel Studios, according to Variety.

Jonathan Cavendish and Venom 2 director Andy Serkis will reportedly produce the unnamed film alongside Garrett Basch. No details about the film's plot were reported.

Waititi's next theatrical release, October 18's Jojo Rabbit, is also a Fox Searchlight film. 

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