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Taika Waititi moving on from 'Thor' to direct 'The Incal' movie
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Taika Waititi moving on from ‘Thor’ to direct ‘The Incal’ movie

The 1980s classic ‘The Incal’ may soon be on the big screen thanks to Taika Waititi.

Taika Waititi breathed new life into the MCU Thor with the beloved Thor: Ragnarok and now he’s setting his sights on a comics classic: The Incal. Published by Humanoids in 1980, the beloved Alejandro Jodorowsky series took the industry by storm thanks in part because of Moebius‘ incredible art.

Waititi is attached to direct and co-write along with his What We Do in the Shadows and Flight of the Conchords collaborator Jemaine Clement, as well as with Peter Warren. With this news, this will likely be Waititi’s next project after the fourth Thor film Love and Thunder is set to debut in July 2022.

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Humanoids Group COO Matthieu Coppet told THR, “The goal is to give as much freedom as possible to our talent.” Humanoids CEO Fabrice Giger added, “We love the way he approached it.”

The iconic graphic novel The Incal turned 40 last year and to celebrate Humanoids released a special trade paperback edition of the series. The sci-fi masterpiece is incredibly important, which can be summed up by the fact that the foreword was written by comics writer Brian Michael Bendis.

This is a huge opportunity for whoever picks this project up–no studio or streaming service is yet attached to the project–as it could build into a shared universe with other Jodorowsky titles like The Metabarons and Megalex.

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Humanoids publisher Mark Waid put it best when speaking on The Incal last year by saying, “It’s mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, absolutely insane storytelling by two masters of the medium that will challenge your preconception of what comics can do. With The Incal, Alejandro Jodorowsky & Mœbius created one of the essential graphic novels. It’s as fresh, weird, and transgressive today as it was 40 years ago when it was first published.”

Considering Waititi expanded our minds with Thor: Ragnarok with a humorous, believable, and rich cosmic universe one can imagine he has the chops to build The Incal into something truly great. Only time will tell, and with it still being in the early stages one can imagine we may not see The Incal on the big screen for a few more years yet.

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