The project to adapt “Akira” is a complete uncertainty but Taika Waititi has other work on the fire. His new version of Flash Gordon was supposed to be animated the last I heard from. However, it is a feature film in real shots that awaits us.
Flash Gordon: an ancient character
A cult character invented in the comics of the 1930s, Flash Gordon has been waiting for a while for his new adaptation. A feature film project is dragging on in Hollywood, with several directors who have followed one another to take the controls. This is, at the end of the day, Taika Waititi who will take care of it. The wacky New Zealander seems pretty well placed to take on such a business. For the occasion, the scenario will not be reinvented. It will always be about Flash Gordon and his friends Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov, in their fight against Emperor Ming and his minions on the planet Mongo. Different adaptations have already emerged, whether in cinema or television.
The news developed by Taika Waititi was originally announced in animation. But the project took another turn according to producer John Davis. At the house of Collider, he reveals that we will have a feature film in live action. An even more ambitious approach, which was suggested by the director after starting to work on the project. The promise is even stronger, but the risk is proportional.
One of Taika Waititi’s many projects
We do not yet know when the film Flash Gordon may arrive in theaters. Taika Waititi is a very busy man, who has just finished Thor: Love and Thunder and who has to handle a big chunk with the Star Wars movie he’s engaged in. He recently gave news of this mysterious project by revealing that the screenplay was not yet written. To see if he’ll take care of it first or if Flash Gordon will be the priority.
On the Lucasfilm side, the next Star Wars license track is Rogue Squadron expected in 2023. The next will be this film by Taika Waititi and it must take the blocked niche in December 2025. This leaves plenty of room for Flash Gordon to get his new adaptation. Also note that the director must always go out Next Goal Win, the football movie he has already completed for months. As for Akira, it is increasingly difficult to believe that the project will be able to see the light of day …