Thor: Love and Thunder Director Taika Waititi Still Wants to Make Live-Action Akira Film

While live-action and manga diversifications have gotten a much better reception in recent times, there’s one which’s nonetheless been a degree of concern for a lot of as a live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira has been within the works for a protracted, very long time. Things began transferring ahead promisingly within the final couple of years as Thor: Love and Thunder and Jojo Rabbit director Taika Watiti was quickly hooked up to the undertaking as director, and manufacturing was quickly supposed to get off the bottom for a May 21, 2021 launch date. But it was quickly confirmed that manufacturing had been placed on an indefinite maintain.

Numerous studies had sprung up concerning the nature of the movie’s indefinite delay, and just lately the director spoke to IGN concerning the live-action undertaking. Although the manufacturing has stopped, Waititi nonetheless very a lot desires to make the movie occur.

Speaking to IGN, Waititi said that Akira stored getting pushed again as continued work on it started to overlap along with his work on Thor: Love and Thunder, “Because we were working really hard on the script, we had to keep pushing back the start date for the shoot. And we ended up having to push it a couple of weeks too far, which actually ate into the Thor schedule. It was very close together.”

Elaborating additional about how this slight delays ultimately lead to the maintain on Akira, “Then it obtained pushed once more, and once more. It simply obtained too far into the foreschedule to make it work. So now we had to type of take Akira, and form of shift it round to the tail finish of Thor, and transfer it down a few years. But yeah, nonetheless need to make it.”

So whereas it is likely to be an excellent longer anticipate the brand new Akira movie, and it may probably by no means occur because the movie continues its cycle of manufacturing, unique collection creator Katsuhiro Otomo really has a number of extra initiatives within the pipeline. Akira might be returning with a brand new anime undertaking of some type, and Otomo’s new movie Orbital Era has already shared its first look with followers.


Katsuhiro Otomo initially created Akira for Kodansha’s Young Magazine in 1982, and it later impressed the equally as prolific 1988 animated movie (which Otomo himself directed). The story is about in a dystopian world following the awful shut of World War III. A gang chief generally known as Kaneda finds himself embroiled in an enormous authorities operation when his greatest buddy begins exhibiting highly effective telekinetic items. To save his buddy, Kaneda should get to the underside of Neo Tokyo’s espers, however the lead rapidly learns he is in approach over his head.

through IGN

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