When it was revealed back in July
that Taika Waititi would helm Thor: Love and Thunder
(a sequel to Thor: Ragnarok
), WB was said to be blindsided as the JoJo Rabbit
helmer was belived to be lining up a live-action, Western adaptation of Akira
as his next project. In a recent interview,
Waititi stated that he planned to helm Akira
after Thor 4
, which is set for release on November 5, 2021.
Now, those plans appear to be in even greater flux as WB has elected to completely remove Akira
from its slate of upcoming films. The studio updated a number of films on its release calendar, with The Matrix 4
taking over Akira's
original May 21, 2021 release date. Additionally, the long-gestating standalone superhero film for The Flash was dated for July 1, 2022.
Waititii first signed up
for the project back in 2017. Over the years, Star Trek Beyond
director Justin Lin and Get Out
director Jordan Peele have also been attached to the project. Going back in further, 2011 had Jaume Collet-Serra slated to direct, with a cast that included Ken Watanabe, Garret Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ezra Miller and Helena Bonham Carter. Just before filming was slated to begin in Vancouver, WB halted the project over budgetary concerns.
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