“Stranger Things 4” is breaking viewership records on Netflix, and the long-awaited “Thor: Love and Thunder” is finally in theatres. The decade’s impact can be seen everywhere, from fashion to movie poster designs, but nowhere more than in music. Taika Waititi recently claimed that he intended to include Kate Bush’s music in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ before ‘Stranger Things’ ruined it.
As new fans discovered Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” the recent season of “Stranger Things” helped push the song back to the top of the charts. Taika Waititi would have used her music in his Marvel sequel if the Duffer brothers hadn’t made the fateful decision to use it.
Waititi was asked about the Netflix series’ usage of Bush’s song in a new interview with NME, and he instantly interjected with his own harsh take on the saga.
“You mean how they ruined Kate Bush?”
Waititi went on to say that he is a tremendous fan of both Bush and “Stranger Things.” However, he disliked how the show mainstreamed some of his favorite songs. While stating it, he also expressed his annoyance.
“I love that show, but as someone who feels a real ownership of Kate Bush music … I’m really annoyed. I’ve become one of those old asseholes who’s like: ‘These kids never listened to Kate Bush, they’ve heard one song on a TV show! They don’t know Kate Bush! I know Kate Bush!’”
It turns out that some of his bitterness stems from the fact that he originally intended to use some of Bush’s music in “Thor: Love and Thunder,” but was beaten to the idea. “Yeah, there were a bunch of Kate Bush songs I wanted to have in there,” he said when asked about his original plans for the film’s soundtrack. “We were gonna have ‘This Woman’s Work,’ which was gonna be great for [a scene with] Natalie Portman’s character,” he said.
Nobody should expect “This Woman’s Work” or “Running Up That Hill” to be included in Waititi’s director’s cut. The filmmaker reacted to fans who have been demanding on social media for Disney to release his “Waititi Cut.” He made it clear that he has no interest in such a project.
“I’ve been thinking about director’s cuts. I watch director’s cuts of a lot of other directors. They s*ck. Director’s cuts are not good. Directors need to be controlled sometimes and if I was to say, ‘ah you wanna watch my director’s cut? It’s four and a half hours long!’ It’s not good, at four and a half hours. There’s a lot of cup-of-tea breaks in there, you don’t even have to pause it.”
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