Taika Waititi Eyes ‘Klara And The Sun’ Adaptation

The trailer for Taika Waititi’s long-awaited Next Goal Wins dropped only recently, but there are so many other projects on his slate that it can be tough to keep up. There’s the Star Wars project he’s still developing, plus an Akira movie that’s been in the works forever, and also a Flash Gordon movie. That’s a lot. So when something new is added to the list one has to consider where it fits in Waititi’s overall plan.

Deadline reports that Waititi is now in talks to direct an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s book, Klara and the Sun. The story centers on a robot girl named Klara, designed to keep teens from growing lonely, as she tries to save a human family from heartbreak. Dahvi Waller (Mrs. America) wrote the original screenplay draft.

Sounds a bit like last year’s exceptional After Yang, doesn’t it? Like so many robot stories, it will explore what it truly means to be human.

Anyway, Ishiguro adaptations are hot right now. The Never Let Me Go author is popular right now, as Guillermo Del Toro is also directing an adaptation of his book, The Buried Giant, as his next stop-motion animated movie.

The report says this could be Waititi’s next film, but he’s got a lot of options so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Travis Hopson
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