Taika Waititi revealed that his live-action version of Akira is still happening, but that, unfortunately, it will be pushed back until he wraps up Marvel's Thor: Love and Thunder. Although Waititi estimated the delay by "a couple of years" relative to his planned release date in 2021, he also reassured fans that he has been working very hard on the script for the adaptation of Katsuhiro Ōtomo's work.
“With Akira, because we were working really hard on the script, we had to keep pushing the start date for the shoot," Waititi said. "And we ended up having to push it a couple of weeks too far, which actually ate into the Thor schedule, which was actually very complicated, because they were very close together. And then it got pushed again, and again, and it got too far into the Thor schedule to be able to make it work. So now we have to take Akira and shift it around to the tail end of Thor, and move it down a couple of years.”
Waititi's vision for Akira includes using a cast of newcomer Japanese actors, and following the manga instead of the anime adaptation, although the released synopsis revealed that the film would take place in Neo Manhattan instead of Neo Tokyo.
In the meantime, Akira fans will be able to quench their thirst with the upcoming episodic anime adaptation.
Directed by Taika Waititi, Akira is scheduled to be released in 2023 and is expected to start filming in California. There remains no official casting or any other details.