Date: 3rd May 2023

Taika Waititi to direct Klara and the Sun.

Oscar winner Taika Waititi has set his next project to direct as he is in negotiations to helm "Klara and the Sun" for Sony's 3000 Pictures.

The film will adapt Kazuo Ishiguro Nobel-prize-winning novel about Klara, a robot girl created to prevent teenagers from becoming lonely. The film portrays efforts to save a family of humans Klara lives with from heartbreak.

Dahvi Waller is adapting the script for the film and Ishiguro will serve as an executive producer on the project.

Below is the novel’s official synopsis via Penguin Random House:

Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.

This isn’t the only high-profile film based on Ishiguro in the works as Guillermo del Toro ("The Shape of Water") is looking to make another stop-motion animated film at Netflix as a follow-up to his Best Animated Film Oscar win for "Pinocchio", which is an adaptation of Ishiguro’s fantasy novel "The Buried Giant."

Waititi's upcoming movie 'Next Goal Wins' is set to be released later this year and he admits that the film had personal resonance.

The film is an adaptation of the documentary about the American Samoa international football team - widely considered to be the weakest team in the world - and Taika could relate to the story through his upbringing in Polynesia.

In an interview with Empire magazine, he said: "It's the ultimate underdog story."

"It taking place in Polynesia is very important to me, because it's my people. We stick together. It was like seeing myself up there, seeing my family up there, when I saw that documentary, which is so perfect in many ways."

"And to have broader audiences have access to that story was one of my main goals. To bring our backyard to people, and to put brown faces on screen was a big deal for me. I just loved it."

Source: Press Release