As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Taika Waititi is returning to Marvel Studios and the world of Thor. Yes, the Thor: Ragnarok director will helm the fourth installment in the franchise, with Chris Hemsworth expected to return in the lead role.
While this news will undoubtedly make fans of the MCU happy, there’s one studio that isn’t too pleased as THR also reports that this leaves the future of Warner Bros’ Akira film up in the air. Taika Waititi was signed on to tackle a live-action adaption of the iconic Japanese film; the project even had a release date of May 21st, 2021.
Akira is now on pause indefinitely, with Waititi shifting his focus to the new Thor film. No word on if Warner Bros’ will replace him on the project or wait for him to return. Next up for Waititi is Jojo Rabbit, a Nazi-era satire he directed for Fox Searchlight now owned by Disney, which opens this October.
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