A source close to Warner Bros. has noted that Waititi’s decision to focus on the Marvel property caught the studio “off guard” as “Akira” was already nearing production.
The studio originally allowed to delay the project so the director can have more time in finding the right cast.
Waititi was attached to the film in 2018 with a scheduled release date of May 21, 2021. Prior to Waititi’s attachment to the “Akira” adaptation, it has spent years in development hell since 2012 when Jaume Collet-Serra was set to direct it.
Warner Bros. is now hoping that “Akira” can eventually get back into production once Waititi is done filming “Thor 4.”