Entertainment news website Deadline has reported that Warner Bros. has moved its planned live-action Akira film off its release schedule.
Entertainment news website Variety reported in July 2019 that Warner Bros. has delayed the film indefinitely. The film was previously slated to begin production in Fall 2019, and its release was scheduled for May 21, 2021.
Taika Waititi, who was slated to direct the film, explained in October 2019 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.”