Live-Action Akira Film Delayed Indefinitely
Entertainment news website Variety reported on Tuesday that Warner Bros. has delayed its live-action Akira film indefinitely. The film was previously slated to begin production in fall, and its release was scheduled for May 21, 2021.
Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) was reportedly in the process of choosing the two lead roles from among Japanese actors, and the studio originally delayed the project to allow him time for the that process. However, the website noted that there may be "more creative disagreements over the project."
Entertainment new website The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday that Waititi is directing Marvel's Thor 4 film. The production schedules for the two projects reportedly began to overlap. The website stated that script concerns caused a delay in the start of filming for Akira. The website's sources said that while some of those concerns have been addressed, the production dates became "too close for comfort." Sources also stated that Warner Bros. hopes to keep Waititi as director and see him continue the project after Thor 4.