Next Goal Wins, the next film from acclaimed director Taika Waititi, has just received an official release date from Searchlight. In the spring of 2023, a theatrical release of the touching sports comedy is planned. The true story of unconventional coach Thomas Rongen, who was chosen to try and turn average soccer players from the American Samoa national team into stars, is told in the movie Next Goal Wins.
Next Goal Wins is directed by Waititi from a script he co-wrote with Iain Morris. Along with Garrett Basch and Jonathan Cavendish, Waititi is the movie’s producer. The movie is based on the documentary of the same name from 2014, which was directed by Mike Brett and produced by Steve Jamison as well. Honolulu’s production got under way back in November 2019 and was finished in January 2020. However, after Arnett took the role of Armie Hammer, new shots were conducted.
Waititi’s successful career began with the oddball independent comedies Eagle vs. Shark and Boy. Waititi quickly became well-known after directing the unexpectedly successful mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, which gave rise to a successful TV spin-off with the same name that is presently airing on FX. When Waititi joined the MCU as the director of Thor: Ragnarok, which was widely acclaimed as the best Thor film yet and enjoyed enormous commercial and critical success, he then attained superstar status.
Along with Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Jojo Rabbit, which won an Oscar, Waititi also helmed this year’s Thor: Love and Thunder. The Academy Award-winning director is now working on a number of high-profile films, including Tower of Terror, which is based on a theme park ride, The Incal, a live-action Akira adaptation, the pilot for Amazon’s Time Bandits reboot series, and an unnamed Star Wars movie. Next Goal Wins is scheduled to be released theatrically on April 21, 2023.