As per Variety, Academy Award winner Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”) is on board to executively produce and direct some episodes of “The Auteur,” an upcoming limited series from Showtime. Academy Award nominee Jude Law (“Cold Mountain”) is believed to be in talks to star in the show. There has been no comment from Showtime.
There isn’t much detail on the show that is in pre-production, besides that Waititi is believed to be directing a number of episodes for the series, however, there is no specific number as of yet. Variety’s sources say that the series will be a satire on Hollywood, with Law set to play a charismatic auteur.
Law will serve as an executive producer too alongside Waititi, with the series based on the psychedelic graphic novels by James Callahan and Rick Spears. Waititi will co-write alongside Peter Warren. The graphic novel was published back in 2014 by Oni Press, whose previous adaptations include “Rick & Morty” and “Clerks” as well as publishing “Scott Pilgrim.” The gory graphic novel told the story of a struggling filmmaker and detailed his downward spiral after a box office disaster.
Waititi’s 2020 is already off to a flying start after winning his first Academy Award for his “Jojo Rabbit” screenplay. He is set to commence production on “Thor: Love and Thunder” in the coming months as well as working on “Next Goal Wins” for Searchlight Pictures. With his schedule so busy, it’s unlikely that production on “The Auteur” will begin anytime soon.
Law meanwhile is having the quite 2020 himself, starring in the HBO drama “The New Pope” alongside John Malkovich, a follow-up to “The Young Pope” which earned the British star a Golden Globe nomination back in 2018. He is also set to return to his role as the young Albus Dumbledore in the third installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise, with shooting set to start shortly.
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