Taika Waititi Will Direct Thor 4 Next As His Akira Movie Is Put On Hold

Taika Waititi’s next project was supposed to be a live-action version of Akira, but that’s now been put on hold as it’s been confirmed that he’ll be directing Thor 4 next.

Thor: Ragnarok is in my mind of the very best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I know a lot of you might be screaming at me right now, but there’s a good reason for that (5 actually), which I will be going over in a subsequent post.

That film was directed by one of the most interesting directors working in Hollywood today: Taika Waititi. Before Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi had made films such as What We Do In The Shadows, The Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Eagle vs Shark and Boy.

He’d already shown how capable he was at making films that were both incredibly funny and full of pathos, but it wasn’t until Ragnarok that he showed us what he could do on a big blockbuster level, and let me tell you, it was good!

He’s since been working on a rather interesting sounding film called Jojo Rabbit, and he was supposed to be following that up with his live-action remake of Akira, yet it’s been revealed that that particular project has been put on hold.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Waititi will be working on Thor 4 rather than Akira, and I’m not too sad about that to be perfectly honest with you.

I do love Waititi’s work, yet I do feel that Akira is a bit of a stretch, even for him. It’s just such a beloved anime and Hollywood really doesn’t have the best track-record in bringing anime adaptations to the big screen. Just look at the likes of Alita: Battle Angel and Ghost In The Shell.

So, it now seems that we’re going to have a wait a bit for Waititi’s Akira since its release date was just going to be too close to when production on Thor 4 is scheduled to start.

Hopefully, the delay will be beneficial for Waititi and the Akira movie since it’ll give him a little bit more time to figure out who to take on the mammoth task of adapting the anime for the big screen.

Meanwhile, why not have a read of our articles on the five reasons why Tom Holland in the best Spider-Man ever, the five actors who could play The Penguin in the movie, and the five movies you should watch if you still think Robert Pattinson won’t be a good Batman.

You can also have a read of our reviews of Toy Story 4Spider-Man: Far From HomeAladdinDetective PikachuJohn Wick: Chapter 3 – ParabellumGodzilla: King of the MonstersAvengers: EndgameHellboy and Glass.

In the meantime, why not catch up on your Thor knowledge by watching the previous films, which you can purchase here! It’ll be worth your while, I promise.

There’s no word yet on when Thor 4 will be released, but Jojo Rabbit is set to hit UK cinemas in January 2020.

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