Teaser Trailer for Taika Waititi’s Sundance Comedy ‘Hunt for The Wilderpeople’

Here’s the very first teaser trailer for Taika Waititi’s new feature film Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The latest film from Kiwi filmmaker premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from industry bibles such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. 

The movie opens in New Zealand on March 31st and stars Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, and Oscar Kightley. Based on the best selling book ‘Wild Pork and Watercress’ by Barry Crump, and written/directed by Waititi, the upcoming coming-of-age comedy tells the story of Ricky (Dennison), who turns the lives of everybody upside when he goes on the run.

We’ll soon find out if it lands a North American deal. Check out the short Hunt for the Wilderpeople trailer below.

The film looks like a real crowd-pleaser, but Mad Max: Fury Road remains the best use of that music for a trailer. Love the idea of Sam Neill starring in one of Waititi’s films. But hey, no Neill in the trailer? Nevermind, I’m curious to see more of Waititi’s work knowing he’ll be taking Marvel’s superhero sequel Thor: Ragnarok.

Taika Waititi's Sundance Comedy

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.

Equal parts road comedy and coming-of-age drama, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. Never short on laughs, this touching story reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.