– by Joseph Jammer Medina

So it looks like there may be more going on behind the scenes than was apparent. As you may have heard, Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi recently signed on to write and director Thor 4 for Marvel Studios. That was all well and good, but the downside of all this is that Akira had to be dropped. This was especially surprising considering the recent casting call we reported.

In fact, according to Variety, Warner Bros. was not only surprised by the announcement that he’d signed on for Thor 4, but they were completely caught off guard, especially with the movie supposedly heading on its way to production.

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The outlet goes on to say that Waititi was in the midst of meeting with Japanese actors to play the two lead roles. However, there does seem to be an indication that there may have been creative differences between him and the studio that led to this departure, though specific details completely elude us.

All this does seem to be supported by recent tweets by Kris Tapley, who reported last month that the film was eight weeks out from shooting, and yet had no sets built. Apparently, there were budget and script problems, and while it’s all unconfirmed, it does look like it holds some water now.

What do you think about this latest setback for Akira? Do you think the property is cursed? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Variety, Kris Tapley

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.