Taika Waititi commented on the status of the live-action Akira film with video game website IGN.
Waititi explained that the filming schedule for Akira kept getting pushed back due to the staff “working really hard on the script,” until production began to overlap with Waititi directing Marvel’s Thor 4 film. He added, “Now we’ve had to take Akira and shift it around to the tail end of Thor and move it down a couple of years.” Waititi ended the discussion by stating, “we’re still gonna make it.”
Entertainment news website Variety reported in July 2019 that Warner Bros. has delayed the film indefinitely. The film was previously scheduled to begin production in Fall 2019, and its release was scheduled for May 21, 2021.