AKIRA: Taika Waititi's Adaptation Of The Classic Manga Gets A May 2021 Release Date

We recently learned that the long gestating Akira movie was officially back on at Warner Bros. with Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi at the helm, and now the movie has scored an official 2021 release date...


Taika Waititi's Akira will hit theaters on May 21, 2021, when it will go up against Keanu Reeves' lethal assassin in John Wick: Chapter 4.

A live-action take on arguably the most popular manga/anime of all time has been bouncing around Hollywood for years now, and after numerous false starts, it looks like Warner Bros. has finally succeeded in getting it off the ground.

Akira is a very complex story, but at its core it's about two biker friends (brothers in the Americanized script) named Kaneda and Tetsuo who find themselves becoming mortal enemies when the latter begins to develop apocalyptic psychic powers, and a God-complex to match.

The official logline of this latest incarnation sticks pretty close: 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.

The project is still being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, but we're not sure if the script by Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta is still in play.
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