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Taika Waititi to direct 'Next Goal Wins' for Fox Searchlight

PTI | Los Angeles | Updated: 08-08-2019 13:58 IST | Created: 08-08-2019 13:58 IST
Taika Waititi to direct 'Next Goal Wins' for Fox Searchlight

Filmmaker Taika Waititi has lined up a new directorial project, backed by Disney-owned Fox Searchlight. Titled "Next Goal Wins", the movie is based on the 2014 British soccer documentary from directors Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, reported Deadline.

The story is about Dutch coach Thomas Rongen who attempts the nearly impossible task of turning the American Samoa soccer team from perennial losers into winners. Waititi, who made a name for himself with films such as "What We Do in the Shadows", "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" and "Thor: Ragnarok", is adapting the script from the documentary with Iain Morris.

Garrett Basch is producing the project in collaboration with Jonathan Cavendish and Andy Serkis through their Imaginarium banner. Waititi is currently awaiting the release of satirical comedy "Jojo Rabbit". He is also scheduled to work on "Ragnarok" follow-up "Thor: Love & Thunder".

The director has already finalised the script for "Love and Thunder" and is expected to start production early next year.


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