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Taika Waititi Still Plans to Direct Akira

October 22, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Akira is on a pause due to Taika Waititi being brought back for Thor: Love & Thunder, but he still plans on directing the anime adaptation. Waititi spoke with IGN for a new interview promoting Jojo Rabbit and was asked about the status of Akira, which was planced on hold earlier this year.

“Unfortunately, the timing with Akira, because we’ve been working really hard on the script, we had to keep pushing the start date for the shoot,” Waititi said. “We ended up having to push it a couple weeks too far, which actually ate into the Thor schedule, because they were very close together. And that got pushed again and again, and it just got too far into the Thor schedule to be able to make it work. And my first commitment was to Marvel to make that film, so now I’ve kind of had to take Akira and sort of shift it around to the tail-end of Thor and move it down a couple of years.”

Waititi added that he remained committed to directing the live-action remake of the manga and anime film, which he co-wrote with Michael Golamco. No production start date is currently set, for the reasons Waititi laid out above

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