Taika Waititi 'set to shoot film in Wānaka'

Taika Waititi in 2020 after winning his Oscar. PHOTO: REUTERS
Taika Waititi in 2020 after winning his Oscar. PHOTO: REUTERS
Speculation is growing a feature film — possibly to be directed by Taika Waititi — will be made in Wānaka next month.

Details are sketchy about the production and many in the industry contacted yesterday did not reply to questions.

The Otago Daily Times has been told by sources Waititi will be directing a film in Wānaka in the coming months.

A Queenstown talent agency scout said when contacted yesterday she could not say anything as she had signed a non-disclosure agreement.

It could also be the film will be the debut production at the much-talked-about Silverlight Studios.

Silverlight Studios co-owner Mike Wallis said, when contacted yesterday, he was not able to comment on any productions potentially filming at Silverlight.

Waititi and his wife Rita Ora were in Wānaka just before Christmas for a holiday weekend.

That could have also doubled as time to scout locations.

Other film contacts in the region did not respond to requests for comment. That is standard practice in the development of a film, when cards are kept very close to the chest.

Film has been in the spotlight in Wānaka over the past couple of years with a proposal to build the studio on the outskirts of the town.

Little has been done to the studio site for more than a year.

The multimillion-dollar development was first announced early in 2021 and there were plans to build the first phase of the studio last year.

But it did not happen and the land sits empty.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council granted Silverlight a five-year extension, to March 14, 2029, for its resource consents to build the studio.