Taika Waititi has reportedly signed a deal to write and direct a fourth film in the “Thor” franchise, following up his 2017 smash “Thor: Ragnarok” reports Heat Vision.
Doing this however will come with a cost – Warner Bros.’ long-gestating adaptation of the Japanese manga “Akira,” which he was set to direct, has been put on indefinite hold.
“Akira” was set for a May 21st 2021 release and Waititi was already testing actors in a worldwide search for talent. Production dates for the two projects began to bump up against one another and script concerns over “Akira” pushed it back to a point the dates are now too close.
What happens with “Akira” now is uncertain, though sources for the trade suggest the studio is willing to wait for him and hopes to see him pick up “Akira” again after “Thor 4”.
“Thor: Ragnarok” pulled in $854 million worldwide and scored critical raves. Chris Hemsworth is expected to reprise his role as the Asgardian god of thunder.