Taika Waititi to adapt documentary “Next Goal Wins”

Early in the morning, Variety reported about Taika’s ‘secret project for Fox Searchlight’,

Before Taika Waititi heads back to the Marvel universe, he’ll take on a mysterious new project.

Sources tell Variety that Waititi is attached to write and direct an untitled project as his next film with Fox Searchlight landing rights to distribute. Plot details are currently unknown. […] Garrett Basch is producing the Fox Searchlight pic as are Jonathan Cavendish and Andy Serkis through their Imaginarium banner.

Once Waititi was on board, Fox Searchlight worked aggressively to land the rights to the film, which has already been greenlit for a fall shoot. […]

Later that day, Deadline Hollywood already had more details,

Deadline has learned that Taika Waititi’s Fox Searchlight project will be Next Goal Wins, based on the 2014 British soccer documentary from directors Mike Brett and Steve Jamison.

That doc follows Dutch coach Thomas Rongen who attempts the nearly impossible task of turning the American Samoa soccer team from perennial losers into winners. The pic made its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards that year. Waititi is adapting the feature with Iain Morris. Imaginarium Productions’ Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish optioned the rights to the documentary Next Goal Wins in 2015 and brought it to Waititi who then brought on Garrett Basch to produce.

It will be Taika’s first movie based on a true story.

It is rumoured the filming will begin in November in Hawaii.

Here’s the trailer for the original documentary,

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