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Taika Waititi to Direct Marvel’s ‘Thor 4’

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Taika Waititi to Direct Marvel’s ‘Thor 4’
Taika Waititi is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The filmmaker will write and direct the sequel to his 2017 blockbuster “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Waititi’s take on the fourth “Thor” movie puts Warner Bros.’ long-in-development “Akira” adaptation on hold indefinitely. However, the studio hopes that “Akira” can get resume production with Waititi at the helm once he’s done filming “Thor 4.”

Thor: Ragnarok,” the third spinoff about the crown prince of Asgard (portrayed by a hulking Chris Hemsworth), became a massive success, generating $854 million worldwide in 2017. Hemsworth is expected to reprise his role as the god of thunder the still-untitled fourquel. Marvel and Disney have not yet set a release date for the title.

Waititi recently directed Fox Searchlight’s “Jojo Rabbit,” a satire about a young boy whose mother houses a Jewish girl to hide her from Nazis. Waititi plays the boy’s imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler. The movie is set to release on Oct.
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‘Akira’ Production Put on Hold by Warner Bros.

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‘Akira’ Production Put on Hold by Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. has put its long-in-development “Akira” adaptation on hold indefinitely, sources tell Variety.

Sources indicate that after a brief delay, the studio has pulled the plug on production indefinitely for the classic anime adaptation, which was set to begin later this fall. “Thor: Ragnarok” helmer Taika Waititi was on board to direct, and the studio hopes that “Akira” can get back into production once he’s done filming “Thor 4.” Multiple sources close to Warner Bros. found this week’s announcement of Waititi directing “Thor 4” to be surprising, with one person adding they were caught off guard by Waititi’s decision to focus on the Marvel property as “Akira” was getting closer to production.

Waititi was in the midst of meeting with young Japanese actors for “Akira’s” two lead roles. While the studio originally delayed production to give him time to find the right talent, it now seems there
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New Zealander Taika Waititi’s 'Akira' lands 2021 release date

New Zealander Taika Waititi’s 'Akira' lands 2021 release date
Filmmaker focuses on manga adaptation after exiting Bubbles.

Taika Waititi is moving ahead with his live-action manga adaptation Akira for Warner Bros and the studio has set a May 21 2021 release date.

Waititi has made way for the project and this week it emerged he had pulled out of the stop-motion feature Bubbles, about the late Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee. Netflix is also believed to have dropped the project, and while no specific reason was provided, observers cite the fall-out from the recent Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland as a likely reason.

Akira will be based on the original comic book series by Katsuhiro Otomo,
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Akira’ to Shoot in California, $18.5 Million Tax Credit Allocated

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Akira’ to Shoot in California, $18.5 Million Tax Credit Allocated
Akira,” produced by Leonardo DiCaprio for Warner Bros., will shoot in California and receive an $18.5 million tax credit, the California Film Commission has announced.

Akira” was by far the biggest of the 18 tax credit allocations unveiled Tuesday under the state’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0, which include eight independent projects. The movies will generate an estimated $408 million in qualified expenditures (below-the-line wages and payments to in-state vendors) and employ 2,575 crew, 812 cast, and 29,000 extras/stand-ins over a combined 740 shoot days in California.

Akira,” based on a manga series written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otama and set in a post-apocalyptic 2060 Tokyo, will generate an estimated $92 million in qualified spending. This figure includes $43 million in wages to 200 below-the-line crew members and more than 5,000 extras/stand-ins. The project is scheduled to film entirely in California over the course of 71 filming days.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to shoot ‘Akira’ in California,” said Ravi Mehta,
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi Confirms ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Sequel

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi Confirms ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Sequel
Before becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest directors by injecting comedy and color into Marvel’s third “Thor” movie — opening in theaters tomorrow — Taika Waititi was first known for bringing the same brand of irreverent humor to horror films with the much beloved “What We Do in the Shadows.” Waititi co-directed, co-wrote, and co-starred with Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”) in the faux-documentary, horror-comedy about a group of vampires who live together in suburban New Zealand. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and went on to become an indie box office success ($7 million).

In an hour-long interview with the Build series while out promoting “Thor: Ragnarok,” Waititi confirmed the rumors that not only would there be a sequel, but that he would reunite with Clement to co-write and co-direct the film. “The rumor is true,” said Waititi. “[Jemaine’s] been hounding me to do this [sequel].”

This time around the
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Taika Waititi Says His Live-Action ‘Akira’ Will Be Closer to the Comic

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Taika Waititi Says His Live-Action ‘Akira’ Will Be Closer to the Comic
Taika Waititi has made the leap to big blockbuster filmmaking with Thor: Ragnarok, set to hit theaters this week. Already tracking to be a box office hit, Thor‘s success will likely launch Waititi to helming even bigger projects. His name has already been mentioned several times in connection with the live-action Akira movie, and while there’s no official […]

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Taika Waititi on His Personal Connection To Akira and How Slow We're Wolves Is Progressing

Taika Waititi's Marvel Cinematic Universe directorial debut Thor: Ragnarok arrives in theaters next week and will surely gain the New Zealander a mass of new fans. Getting that amount of attention will likely earn him other big-budget directing gigs.

The biggest one that Waititi is reportedly considering to direct is the live-action Akira film, which Warner Bros. has been developing for years. Whether that happens or not, things aren’t looking too promising for the long-rumored sequel to What We Do In The Shadows titled We're Wolves.

i09 spoke to Waititi about Thor, but asked him if he had a personal connection to Akira. He responded:

"My mom took me to see Akira in the cinema in 1989, or whenever it came out in New Zealand, and it was a huge turning point in my life for what I imagined animation to be and realizing what it could be. It
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Taika Waititi wants to return to the Marvel Universe, would love to direct another Thor film

Thor: Ragnarok is beginning its worldwide roll-out this week, and the word on the street is very very positive. With that said, it’s safe to say that this film, just like Patty Jenkins with Wonder Woman, will open up a lot of doors for director Taika Waititi. So, what would he like to do next? There is that Akira remake that he’s all-but-confirmed to direct. We also know that he is not keen on directing any film set in the Star Wars universe. What else?

Talking to Radio Times, the Thor: Ragnarok director revealed that he would actually like to come back to Marvel, and tackle another Thor film:

“I would like to come back and work with Marvel any time, because I think they’re a fantastic studio, and we had a great time working together. And they were very supportive of me, and my vision. They
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The films of Taika Waititi

Andrew Blair Oct 27, 2017

Taika Waititi is topping the box office with Thor: Ragnarok. But if you haven't explored his back catalogue, you're really missing out.

A minor spoiler for Hunt For The Wilderpeople lies ahead (but it's something that happens very early in the film!)

After a troubled production, the second Thor film was regarded as one of Marvel Studios’ lesser movies. The character of Thor was not a big part of the Avengers movies either, and so the prospect of a third Thor film was not keenly anticipated. Then, about two years ago, Taika Waititi was announced as director, and suddenly people got excited.

This is not because Waititi was in Green Lantern, and people who were involved in that seem to try really hard to make a good superhero film, but because Waititi’s movies have been critically acclaimed across the world, and have broken box office records
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Post-Credits Scenes: What They Are and What They Mean For the Rest of the McU

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Post-Credits Scenes: What They Are and What They Mean For the Rest of the McU
In the grand scheme of Marvel Cinematic Universe post-credits scenes, the two sequences that close out Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” are relatively slim and mostly expected. (Remember when “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” had five of them? Those days are apparently already over.) But they still manage to pack in Waititi’s signature humor — one element that, according to early reviews, is among the best parts of the new McU feature — and a tantalizing hint as to what we can expect in from the rest of the so-called McU Phase Three, set to play out in five more films over the next two years.

(Spoilers ahead for both “Thor: Ragnarok” and its post-credits scenes.)

Read More:‘Thor: Ragnarok’ First Reactions Praise Taika Waititi as the Savior of the ‘Thor’ Franchise

Waititi’s film doesn’t shy away from the implications of its title: in Norse mythology — from which the
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Taika Waititi confirms Akira talks, wants to adapt the manga rather than the anime movie

Taika Waititi has said that he would want to craft an adaptation of the Akira manga, rather than the anime.

There has been a lot of talk over the years about a live action adaptation of the much beloved Japanese property Akira. Numerous directors have been suggested for the task but the latest to be approached by Warner Bros to bring the project to life is the man behind Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi.

Giving his thoughts to IGN on just how he would like to go about tackling the adaptation, he said he would rather adapt the books than the anime movie, which had to constrain the original story to fit into a feature length runtime.

“I actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books. And, yeah, so anyway there’s been some
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Review: ‘The Foreigner’ Pits Jackie Chan Against James Bond In a Very Awkward Mash-Up

Review: ‘The Foreigner’ Pits Jackie Chan Against James Bond In a Very Awkward Mash-Up
The Foreigner” is a twisty political thriller about an deputy minister (Pierce Brosnan) who’s plotting to pardon some imprisoned Ira fighters without reigniting the Troubles. “The Foreigner” is also a revenge saga in which Jackie Chan plays a Vietnamese (?) explosives expert who’s obsessively determined to identify and eliminate the bombers who blew up his teenage daughter. Believe it or not, those two narratives don’t really complement one another all that well. It turns out there might be a good reason why no one’s ever watched “In the Name of the Father” and thought to themselves: “You know what that movie was missing? Jackie Chan.”

On paper, it almost makes sense why someone would try to sandwich these very different storylines together — immigrants, so often assumed to be the perpetrators of domestic terrorism, are often the most overlooked of its casualties. And it’s possible this mash-up
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Taika Waititi Teases ‘Akira’ Film Adaptation, Says No One Has to Worry About Whitewashing

Taika Waititi’s career behind the camera is about to skyrocket. The indie favorite behind “Boy” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is earning strong reviews for his first American blockbuster, the Marvel superhero film “Thor: Ragnarok,” and he’s staying in the studio game for “Akira.” Warner Bros.’ long-in-the-works adaptation of the Japanese manga series reportedly landed Waititi last month. The studio has not yet confirmed the hiring, though Waititi was eager to talk about his involvement on “Akira” during the “Thor” red carpet.

Read More:‘Thor: Ragnarok’ First Reactions Praise Taika Waititi as the Savior of the ‘Thor’ Franchise

“I actually love the books,” Waititi told IGN, teasing that his adaptation won’t be based on the landmark 1988 anime film. “I love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books.”

The unfortunate state of the current Hollywood
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Taika Waititi Talks Adapting ‘Akira,’ Appears In New ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Clip

Taika Waititi has waded into the world of blockbuster, Hollywood moviemaking with ease. Previously known for his quirky indie comedies from the other side of the globe, he’s going mainstream with “Thor: Ragnarok,” and the early word is that it’s very good. The next challenge on his plate is “Akira,” Warner Bros. long developing adaptation of the beloved manga/anime that has come close to going into production but never quite made it.

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Taika Waititi Shares Casting Plans for Possible ‘Akira’ Adaptation

Taika Waititi is currently enjoying the marketing blitz that accompanies the release of his upcoming Marvel film, Thor: Ragnarok. But amidst all the interviews and press events, Waititi found time to talk about the rumors concerning him directing Warner Bros.' live-action Akira adaptation. That project has been in the works for quite some time--our own news coverage on it goes back to 2009--but with the anime's 30th anniversary arriving next year, it'd be a prime time to make some announcements. What's interesting is that Waititi would actually be aiming to adapt writer/illustrator Katsuhiro …
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Taika Waititi Confirms He's in Talks To Director Akira and Says He Will Cast Asian Teenagers in Lead Roles

A few weeks ago it was reported that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi said in talks to direct the live-action adaptation of Akira. After seeing Thor: Ragnarok, I would love to see this happen. I think Waititi would do an amazing job bringing the film to life.

During an interview with IGN, the director confirmed that he is in talks to direct the film and he talks about how his film would be an adaptation of the books and not a remake of the classic anime film. When asked about his involvement with the film, he said:

“I am – that was more or less a rumor. There was, I mean, I was in talks to do that, for sure, and something that I was very passionate about – am passionate about…I actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would
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‘Akira’ Remake Casting: Taika Waititi Confirms He Would Cast Asian Leads

‘Akira’ Remake Casting: Taika Waititi Confirms He Would Cast Asian Leads
Taika Waititi is about to become a bonafide blockbuster director when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters in a few weeks. With this newfound fame often comes talk of even bigger projects. One film that Waititi has been rumored to be involved with is the inevitable live-action Akira remake. The filmmaker recently revealed some details on the project, […]

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Fall Movie Preview: 9 Breakout Child Stars, Oscar Contenders, Action Heroes and Scream Queens to Watch

There are dozens upon dozens upon dozens upon dozens of new movies coming out this fall (here are 35 that we're particularly excited for) and oodles of awards season-worthy performances within them. But we've whittled that all down to these nine (9!) stars who we're pretty dang confident will break out and who you'll be hearing much more about for many years to come. So, you might as well get to know them now.

1. The Losers' Club (Chosen Jacobs, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff) From It Photo: Getty Images / Warner Bros. Pictures

Age: 14 (except Lillis, who is 15) Where You've Seen Them: Lieberher co-starred with Bill Murray in the feel-good dramedy St. Vincent; Oleff played Young Peter Quill in both volumes of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise; and, of course, Wolfhard plays Mike Wheeler on Netflix's hit series Stranger Things.

Breakout Moment: Bill Skarsgård is getting plenty of attention
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The Week in Movie News: Here's What You Need to Know

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Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   Big News Linda Hamilton returns for Terminator 6Linda Hamilton hasn't really been a part of the Terminator franchise since Terminator 2: Judgment Day 26 years ago, but she's finally reprising her role as Sarah Connor again for the next installment, which will be produced by James Cameron. Read more on the movie here.   Great News Taika Waititi might direct Akira: His upcoming Marvel movie, Thor: Ragnarok, is going to be one of the biggest and most fun movies of the year, and now director Taika Waititi is already seeing more blockbuster projects on the horizon. Warner Bros. is negotiating with him for the live-action...

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'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Eyed for Live-Action 'Akira'

Earlier this year, Jordan Peele (Get Out) was under consideration to direct Warner Bros.' Akira, the long-brewing live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series about a biker gang and psychic powers. The series was adapted into an animated movie in 1988 (above). Instead, Peele signed a two-year deal with Universal, leaving the helming opportunity open. Now Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct the project, according to Deadline. Waititi directed Thor: Ragnarok and we've heard glowing reports about the upcoming superhero adventure. In the past, directors like Justin Lin, the Hughes Brothers and Jaume Collet-Serra have been under consideration, while actors such as Dane DeHaan, Michael Pitt, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena...

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