Upcoming Taika Waititi Movie Remake May be Removing Dwarfs from the Project to Not Offend Cancel Culture

Is Taika Waititi going a bit too far with his own vision, once again?

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  • Terry Gilliam's 1981 film Time Bandits is getting a TV remake.
  • The Apple+ TV series will be helmed by Taika Waititi.
  • However, the remake might remove an essential element from the storyline.
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Hollywood is perhaps the cradle of most controversies today. Despite the push for “inclusivity” on the internet and the film industry, there are some issues that might not sit well with everyone. And we have seen these clashes more often quite recently, as filmmakers and showrunners try to bend fantasies to their view.

Taika Waititi's signature humor enthralled audience with films like Jojo Rabbit
Taika Waititi in Jojo Rabbit| Searchlight Pictures

Renowned director/actor Taika Waititi is counted among those creators who often go off the original script to add their own flair. And it seems he’s doing the same with his upcoming project, a remake of ‘Time Bandits‘, but in an unexpected way.

Waititi is not usually the kind to shy away from controversies. Will his latest move ruffle a few more feathers?


The Time Bandit reboot might change dwarfs to normal-sized humans

Taika Waititi rose to fame due to his work on the later sequels of MCU’s Thor saga, where the fan response was quite 50-50. While they loved Ragnarok, Love and Thunder was criticized to the ground after fans felt Waititi went a bit overboard with his own style, ignoring Thor’s own charisma.

Terry Gilliam’s 1981 original film Time Bandits
A still from Time Bandits (1981)| Sony Pictures

Waititi will most likely not be returning for the fifth installment in Thor’s storyline, however, he will be seen haggling with another fantasy. His upcoming project is a TV remake of Terry Gilliam’s 1981 original film Time Bandits. And the Jojo Rabbit filmmaker has once again managed to raise quite a few eyebrows.

The original movie had dwarf characters as the members of the titular Time Bandits, which was quite central to the storyline. However, a first look at Waititi’s version shows an absence of dwarfs, leading many to believe they have been removed or changed altogether.


However, no official statement has been released by the production or Waititi, so far.

A first look at Taika Waititi’s Time Bandits

Time Bandits Taika Waititi
Time Bandits| Apple TV+

Just a week ago, a first look at Waititi’s new TV show Time Bandits was released. Fans of the original film have been looking forward to its on-screen revival, and Waititi’s characteristic hold on comedy almost guarantees an adventure full of laughter. However, the first-look image confused quite a lot of them.

This is because the iconic dwarf characters that represented the Time Bandits themselves could not be seen in the photo. Instead, the protagonist, who is a young boy named Kevin played by Kal-El Tuck, is accompanied by five normal-sized actors, one of them being the FRIENDS star Lisa Kudrow.


Waititi’s Time Bandits are played by Tasha Murphy, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Kiera Thompson, and Rune Temte, who are led by Kudrow’s Penelope, a new character developed exclusively for the show. These characters are supposedly different from the original ones from the 1981 film, and even their names are different. However, we do not know for sure if the dwarfs have been completely removed.

Time Bandits will premiere on July 24 and can be streamed on Apple TV+.

Sayantan Choudhary

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Sayantan is an editor for FandomWire/Animated Times. He has previously worked with reputed websites like Wiki Of Thrones and Collider over the past 4 years, and is deeply passionate about TV shows, films, anime, gaming, and everything pop culture.