HBO Max Orders "Our Flag Means Death", Waititi to Direct Pilot
Taika Waititi sure has gotten around hasn't he? While starting out as a small-time indie filmmaker from New Zealand, once 2017's Thor: Ragnarok put him on the map, he's been everywhere and then some. Not only is he doing a sequel to Ragnarok (Titled Thor: Love & Thunder), he's also set to write and direct a Star Wars film, is directing a smaller soccer film, and in between all that directed the season finale of season one of The Mandalorian and won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for last year's Jojo Rabbit. It seems like such small news in comparison to his other projects, but it's been confirmed that now only has HBO Max given a straight-to-series order for the period comedy Our Flag Means Death, but Waititi has been headlined as director of the pilot for the series as well as serving as executive producer (Alongside Garrett Basch and Dan Halsted).
The series is loosely based on the adventures of Stede Bonnet, an English aristocrat who historically, due to marital problems, turned to piracy in the summer of 1717...despite having a no sailing experience. While Waititi will direct the pilot, there has been no confirmation of any other directors or writers involved, nor how many episodes the freshman season of the series will have.
Despite Waititi being the headlining creative force involved, the show is actually the creation of David Jenkins (People of Earth). However, thanks to confirmation of Waititi's involvement, a rough idea of when production will begin can be made. He will work on the project's pilot after wrapping Thor: Love and Thunder for Marvel Studios which he seemingly began production for a couple weeks ago based on sightings on Natalie Portman on set. Stay tuned!