The director of Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Love and Thunder adds an unexpected sci-fi project to his to-do list.
We have hardly just announced that Taika Waititi will be making a new Disney (the adaptation of the Disneyland attraction The Tower of Terror, with Scarlett Johansson) that the director adds a new project to his busy schedule. Nothing less than the making of the film adapted from The Incal, as the director himself has just announced via a YouTube video. The mystical to delirious science fiction comic, developed by Moebius and Jodorowsky in 1980 from their unfinished cinema version of Dune, will therefore be overseen by the director of Vampires in complete privacy, Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo rabbit and the future Thor: Love and Thunder (released in July 2022), which is also due to deliver an adaptation ofAkira by Katsuhiro Otomo in the more or less near future… Without forgetting a film Star wars, a new version of Flash Gordon and derivative series of Roald Dahl books for Netflix. Phew!
In the video directed by Frank Pavich (author of the famous documentary on Dune aborted by Jodo), it was Jodorowsky himself who dubbed Waititi: “The director of a film is God”, says the artist. “He’s thinking of changing the world. If he doesn’t want to change the world, I don’t.” For his part, Waititi (who surely attracted Jodo by his slightly kitsch vision of space opera) explains that he wants “deeply explore the ideas of comics”, and compares John Difool – the detective loser of the comic book who will save the universe – to Jack Nicholson in Chinatown. “I love characters who don’t know what they’re doing.” Here is the video, which curiously forgets to mention Moebius, who died in 2012, to the credit of the co-creation of The Incal :
Long before Waititi, it was Nicolas Winding Refn who was interested in an adaptation of The Incal. That was in 2013. Since then, Refn has sunk into its arty abysses while Waititi has become one of Disney’s most secure assets. “He’s not going to do The Incal of Jodorowsky, he will do The Incal of Waititi “, summarizes Alejandro. For the moment, The Incal de Waititi has only just begun: no casting, production box, distribution, and even less a release date. The project is of a galactic ambition. Will it become a black hole like the adaptation of Dune ? Or end up on Netflix like the live version of Cowboy Bebop ?