Opportunity knocks for the Kiwi director of Boy and What We Do in the Shadows.
reuters.com, Variety.com

5 Oct 2015 - 12:30 PM  UPDATED 3 Oct 2015 - 5:02 PM

Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment in Marvel's Thor franchise.

The New Zealand native helmed several episodes of the TV series Flight of the Conchords in addition to writing and directed the vampire spoof What We Do in the Shadows (pictured), 80s-set coming-of-age dramedy Boy (available to watch at SBS on Demand - see below) and the indie comedy Eagle vs. Shark. The Maori filmmaker also penned the script for Disney's upcoming animated movie Moana.

Waititi also acted as the character Tom Kalmaku 2011's Green Lantern opposite Ryan Reynolds.

Kenneth Branagh directed 2011's original Thor and Alan Taylor helmed Thor: The Dark World in 2013. The first film grossed $449 million worldwide and the sequel took in $645 million.

Chris Hemsworth will return as the titular superhero. Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif) will be back to star as well.

The script for Thor: Ragnarok has been written by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle. Yost was a co-writer on Thor: The Dark World.

Kevin Feige is the producer. Thor: Ragnarok hits theatres in November 2017.

Waititi is represented by CAA and Manage-ment.

The news was first reported by The Wrap.

Watch Boy: A story of superheroes and Michael Jackson. (Sort of).
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