It’s been quite the momentous joy ride for Taika Waititi of late.
After stunning audiences with his trademark wicked sense of humour and sensational storytelling in the MCU blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok, he’s since proved he has the artistic chops to sit amongst Hollywood’s best. He wrote, directed, and even starred in Jojo Rabbit, going on to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in the process.
There’s no denying that Waititi is a powerhouse – both behind the camera and on the screen. Having firmly cemented his place as one of the best writer-directors in Hollywood, we’ll get to see the kooky character once again on screen in the new film, Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss.
The film is very on-brand with Waititi’s own quirky personality, as it will see him play a crazy cult leader whose followers keep making trouble for a young couple (Kate Micucci and Sam Huntington) after they move into a new apartment.
The film is directed by Vivieno Caldinelli from a script by Christopher Hewitson, Clayton Hewitson and Justin Jones. As the publication describes, the film “sees the leads Claire and Paul renting an apartment only to have multiple people randomly break into their bathroom and commit “self-murder” in their tub.
The couple eventually learns that a cult leader named Storsh (Waititi) killed himself in the same tub and now it contains some kind of “afterglow” that calls others to ritually end their lives in the same space.
Rather than move out like sane people, Claire and Paul decide to look into Storsh’s cult and find themselves drawn to the man’s beliefs.”
Originally screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018, it seems Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss is finally getting the wide release it so deserves. Not only do we love a dark comedy here at GQ, but we’re also suckers for Waititi’s hilarious antics and this looks just like the kind of film that gives him the creative range to let his freak flag fly. The cast includes Dan Harmon, Rhea Seehorn, Mark McKinney, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, Josh Brener, Mindy Sterling, and Dana Gould.
Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss is set to hit theatres on March 6, 2020, before becoming available on-demand and digital on March 17.