Warner Bros. has scheduled the release of Taika Waititi’s live-action remake of Akira for May 21, 2021. Previously, the studio had set that date for the opening of the animated feature DC Super Pets, which has now been moved to 2022. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who has tried to launch an Akira adaptation for over a decade, will produce the live-action film through his company Appian Way along with Andrew Lazar.
The original futuristic manga by Katsuhiro Otomo was first published in Japan in 1982 and ran through 1990; however, it was the 1988 animated feature, also directed by Otomo, that earned the creation cult status around the world.
In an interview with IGN back in 2017, Waititi mentioned his ideal version of the film would be mostly influenced by the manga and include Asian actors, as opposed to whitewashing the roles as has been the case with other anime adaptations like Ghost in the Shell and Alita: Battle Angel.