But Hollywood became much more aware of the New Zealand-born filmmaker when Thor: Ragnarok was released and went on to become a huge hit for Marvel. So how does one follow-up such a huge blockbuster? With an unconventional World War II movie the likes of which we've never seen, Jojo Rabbit.
Much ink has been spilled over this movie, largely due to the hook, which is that Waititi is playing an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler. But the movie is much more than that. Jojo Rabbit recently screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas and Waititi, along with star Stephen Merchant made the trip to present the movie to a welcoming crowd.