Taika Waititi and Warner Bros.’ live-action Akira film has been put again on maintain whereas Waititi turns his consideration to directing Thor 4 subsequent. WB has (considerably infamously) spent properly over a decade attempting to get a live-action movie adaptation of Akira – a venture based mostly on Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1982 manga and 1988 anime characteristic of the identical identify – off the bottom, however with little to indicate for it. Administrators Albert Hughes (The E book of Eli) and Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) have been concerned with earlier iterations of the venture which were lengthy since deserted, whereas Waititi has “only” been formally attached to direct Akira since September 2017.

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The movie immediately confirmed new indicators of life when WB received a tax incentive to shoot Akira on sound levels in California this previous April. Waititi’s adaptation received an official 2021 release date from WB lower than two months after that, and the filmmaker gave the impression to be gearing as much as begin manufacturing on the cyberpunk journey someday later this yr (or early 2020, on the newest). And whereas that was certainly the case, it appears the venture has now run into yet one more pre-production roadblock.

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In response to THRAkira‘s potential taking pictures begin date was not too long ago pushed again within the wake of considerations about its script’s growth. Sadly, the brand new begin date was apparently too near that for Thor 4 – which Waititi is now officially set to direct – for consolation, and Waititi has since shifted his focus onto the God of Thunder’s newest journey subsequent, as a substitute. Nonetheless, THR‘s sources are reporting that WB desires to maintain Waititi concerned with Akira and has positioned the film on infinite maintain, within the hope that he’ll return to it as soon as he is completed engaged on Thor 4.

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The information that Waititi is coming again for Thor 4 is not shocking, on condition that Tessa Thompson – who portrayed Valkyrie in Waititi’s sequel Thor: Ragnarok – not too long ago revealed the the film has already been pitched with Waititi directing. Whereas the live-action Akira has confirmed to be a notably difficult nut for WB to crack by this level, Marvel Studios and Waititi seem to have a reasonably clear thought of where they want to take the Thor franchise subsequent. Actually, by the sound of issues, Thor 4 could possibly be prepared to start taking pictures throughout the subsequent yr and doubtlessly attain theaters as quickly as late 2021 or early 2022. That additionally signifies that Waititi will not be out there to get again to work on Akira till some two years from now (within the best-case situation).

Will WB wait that lengthy for him? It is definitely doable; Waititi’s come as shut as anyone else to lastly making a live-action Akira a actuality, and the studio has already spent so lengthy engaged on the venture that an extra two years does not essentially look like an enormous deal. Then again, relying on how the tentpole panorama evolves between now and 2021, WB may resolve to both (in the end) name it a day on Akira or look to a different filmmaker to get the ball rolling once more. As at all times, we are going to hold you in control as extra particulars are made out there.

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Supply: THR