Warner Bros. Pictures announced today it has set a May 21, 2021 release date for director Taika Waititi’s Akira movie. If that date sounds familiar, it’s the same release date that was just announced by Lionsgate for John Wick: Chapter 4.
The film will be based on the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo. Warner Bros. has had the option to produce a live-action remake since 2002.
Taika Waititi, whose directing credits include What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok, and the upcoming JoJo Rabbit, has previously said he intends on keeping the ethnicity of the characters from the manga intact and may cast unknown teenage actors.
The movie has had the following synopsis for a long time, though it’s unknown if it’s still accurate: “Set in a future city environment called New Manhattan, the sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his best friend, who has been experimented on by the government causing him to develop dangerous and destructive psychokinetic powers.”
The Akira movie, which recently received an $18.5 million tax credit from California to film in the state, will be produced by Andrew Lazar, Jennifer Davisson, and Leonardo DiCaprio. The screenwriters on the project are Waititi and Michael Golamco.