Manga fans, put your seatbelts on. Director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) is taking on the task of adapting Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic 6-volume graphic novel, Akira. It will be a live-action version of the story, and it’ll hit theaters in 2021.
You may know the 1988 anime film, Akira, directed by Otomo. There isn’t word on exactly what Waititi will draw from, but we can assume he’ll make nods to the written and film versions. Akira takes place in Neo-Tokyo in the year 2060. Here’s the log line for the Waititi film: “A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.” – Deadline
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is producing the film, which will shoot entirely in California and start by this coming October. Waititi is finishing up his latest film, Jojo Rabbit, and it is assumed that Akira is next on his plate.
Akira will face John Wick: Chapter 4 when it opens on May 21, 2021.