Akira Live-Action Movie Release Date Confirmed

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The live-action Akira movie finally has a release date. The Hollywood adaptation of the classic classic and manga has been in development for many years and will be directed by Thor Ragnarok's Taika Waititi.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner has confirmed that the movie will hit theaters on May 21, 2021. This follows a story last month that the film will be shot entirely in California, and will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio through his Appian Way production company.

Interestingly, action sequel John Wick Chapter 4 is also currently set for release on May 21, 2021. Back in 2011, John Wick star Keanu Reeves was reportedly offered the lead role in an Akira adaptation, which ultimately never happened.

No casting news about the movie has been announced so far, but Waititi has been involved with the project since 2017. In April last year he spoke about his intentions for it. "What I want to do is an adaptation of the books," he said. "A lot of people are like, 'Don't touch that film!' and I'm like, 'I'm not remaking the film, I want to go back to the book.' There are six gigantic books to go through. It's so rich."

Waititi is the latest in a long line of filmmakers to be linked to the Akira remake. The likes of David Sandberg (Shazam), Daniel Espinosa (the upcoming Morbius), Justin Lin (Star Trek: Beyond), George Miller (Mad Max), and Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) have all been attached at various stages over the years.

The manga of Akira ran between 1982 and 1990 and is widely credited for popularising Japanese comic books internationally. Equally, the success of the 1989 movie version did much to introduce Western viewers to anime, and is now considered one of the finest sci-fi films ever made.

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D_

Never heard of “Taika Waititi”, but I’m jealous of his name.

As for this movie…"What I want to do is an adaptation of the books," he said. "A lot of people are like, 'Don't touch that film!' and I'm like, 'I'm not remaking the film, I want to go back to the book.' There are six gigantic books to go through. It's so rich.” This makes me think there will be a 2% chance of it being aight instead of an utter failure since I don’t know anything about the books.

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IcelandicHossi

at least it is not being made Netflix

Tetsuo might be from Detroit if Netflix was making it lel!!!

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Zignoff

Remember how everyone talked about how Battle Angel Alita was going to be the end all savior of live action movie? No? Of course you don't cause it like all animations made to live action it DOES NOT WORK AND IS HORRIBLE.

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kanekan-slaugh

Akira... of all people that movie is getting directed by Taika? WHY which dumbass producer looked at the mess of thor ragnarok and thought "yeah, that guy can translate this serious, Japanese classic".

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redhedjack

Part of the reason Akira was such a good movie was because of its animation. Take away that element and, well... yeah...

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Valgaav_219

Death Note 2.0 incoming. Why can't they just leave our anime alone?

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IcelandicHossi

@valgaav_219: I hate Netflix so much, they should just pay anime companies to make anime for them like they have done in the past and NOT make anime adaptations themselves !!!

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DaVillain-

@valgaav_219: Because $$$

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DaVillain-

Give it the Alita: Battle Angel's treatment, and I'll be happy!

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Zignoff

@davillain-: You mean make it look ugly, not follow any of the story, or characters or plot or well anything and make it a god awful mess? Why would you want this horrible thing?

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R34Vegeta

This is either going to end very badly or end badly enough to make anyone that's a fan of Akira hate it.

But I'll wait and see how it goes. Who knows, it might actually turn out good!*

*It probably won't.

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uninspiredcup

We don't need this., and it will be americanized when it's intrinsically Japanese.

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lionheartssj1

@uninspiredcup: Just wait until casting starts. Super fun.

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chasemm18

@uninspiredcup: dude do you know anything about Taika?! This movie will be diverse. Take a look at his movies , he is always keeping his casts mixed with people of all colors.

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uninspiredcup

@chasemm18: I'm not complaining about,, nor want diversity, Japan is one of the least diverse countries on the planet.

The story itself is Japanese, much like Godzilla, which America changed to a hero protector figure, because it views the powerful establishment and technology very differently from Japanese culture. The recent Shin-Godzilla being about the lack of response from the status qou in response to Japans natural disasters.

It's culture, not how someone aesthetically looks i'm complaining about.

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LesserAngel

@uninspiredcup: Just focusing on one tidbit here.

"The story itself is Japanese, much like Godzilla, which America changed to a hero protector figure"

So, have you seen any of the Japanese Godzilla movies from the 70s? Japan turned Goji into a hero figure themselves.

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uninspiredcup

@LesserAngel: Yes, in an attempt to capitalize on the franchise. They are considered B-movies. Fun, but completely lacking substance. The only one that I would consider great is GMK which once again makes Godzilla a threat re-introduces the anti-nuclear/technoligy message and acts as a end cap for entire franchise. Which they ignore and continue, because money. Original and Shin are by far the best and most well known, both of which deal with contemporary Japanese fears.

There is really no reason in the world Akira needs to be set in America, with American actors other than marketing.

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LesserAngel

@uninspiredcup: I agree. I just wanted to make the point that the Japanese themselves turned Godzilla into a hero character long before the US ever did.

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uninspiredcup

@LesserAngel: Made a huge goof, actually meant Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. It has been like, 10 years.

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The new American movie looks like more of a reaction to how overly serious the original was going for more of a B-movie. The original American movie was serous, but really had very little substance or characters worth caring about. Kinda boring overall.

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chasemm18

@uninspiredcup: I hear you, that is totally fair. I hope they honor the source material and the themes of Akira. Given that Taika is not American , I’m hoping he feels the same way.