Taika Waititi has made the jump to TV, and he likes it. Having developed his hit vampire film What We Do In The Shadows into a series, he’s is set to helm another TV adaptation – the New Zealand-born filmmaker will direct and co-write an adaptation of Terry Gilliam‘s 1981 sci-fi fantasy film Time Bandits for Apple.
Waititi will direct the pilot, with Gilliam on board as an executive producer. The series will air on Apple’s streaming platform, whenever that eventually arrives.
The film followed an 11 year-old boy fascinated by history, who gets involved in the time travelling adventures of a group of dwarves. He soon discovers they are on the run from an evil presence known as the Supreme Being.
This feels like a match made in heaven. Waititi’s strange and unique sense of comedy and wonder should be a perfect fit for this genre. We saw him excel when taking the MCU to more comedic, weird levels with Thor: Ragnarok, and he’s currently in post-production on the dark comedy Jojo Rabbit, which revolves around a young boy living in WWII Europe who sees Hitler as his imaginary friend.
Placing him at the helm of an outlandish sci-fi fantasy series should reap some excellent rewards. He’s also been busy with another yet-to-be-released streaming platform, recently directing a few episodes of The Mandalorian, the Star Wars series set to debut on Disney+.
Apple has yet to reveal practically anything about their streaming platform. Despite that, they have many big projects in development from the likes of Damien Chazelle and Francis Lawrence. Here’s another to add to that growing list. We will likely get an announcement sooner than later regarding Apple’s plans.