Taika Waititi wastes no time. Despite winning the Oscar for Best Adapted screenplay for the hilarious and equally heartfelt Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit, Waititi isn’t content to simply gaze at his newfound glory and spend his hours polishing his golden statue. Instead, he’s hard at work lining up passion projects and his next endeavours in the film business. And it seems that one such project might even see Waititi team up with Jude Law.
According to reports form The Hollywood Reporter, Waititi has signed on to co-write, executive produce, and direct some episodes of a limited series from Showtime, titled The Auteur. Based on the psychedelic graphic novel of the same name by James Callahan and Rick Spears, the series centres on a filmmaker who enters a downward spiral after making one of Hollywood’s biggest-ever bombs. And while Waititi certainly has his work cut out for him, it’s Jude Law that’s rumoured to be playing the main character.
The graphic novel The Auteur, was first published in 2014 by Oni Press, who fans might know to be the publisher of “Rick and Morty” and “Scott Pilgrim”. Oni described the first volume of the “slapstick gorefest” as follows: “Fresh off the biggest bomb in Hollywood history, producer Nathan T. Rex enters a downward spiral of drugs and depravity in a quest to resurrect his career and save his soul. Over budget and behind schedule on ‘Presidents Day,’ he is backed into a corner by bad publicity, a crap project, and studio politics. But enlisting serial-killer-turned-murder-consultant Darwin, his trusty assistant Igor, narcotics from Doctor Love, and the lovely actress Coconut, T.Rex will stop at nothing in his quest for cinematic fame and glory. God help us all.”
It’s an exciting premise, and with Waititi lending his voice to the script we can safely assume it will be a hilarious one at that, too. But The Auteur is still in the early stages, with no start date set as both Law and Waititi have other commitments. Should it go ahead however, it will join a slew of originals from Showtime that includes Billions, The Chi, The L Word: Generation Q, Work in Progress, and On Becoming a God in Central Florida. The highly-anticipated video game adaptation Halo and dramas First Ladies, Rust, Mr Ripley and Penny Dreadful: City of Angels are also on the cards.