Of all the attempts to make Akira into a live-action film, the one from Taika Waititi was always the most promising as far as not falling into a studio-driven nightmare of pandering, cheesy tropes, and cultural missteps. Sadly, it looked like Taika’s version of the film was not meant to be as the move was put on indefinite hold a few months back. Now, thanks to a new interview with IGN, we are learning that all is not lost, and there might still be life in the project. Here’s what the Jojo Rabbit/ Thor: Love and Thunder director had to say:

“Unfortunately, the timing with Akira, because we’ve been working really hard on the script, we had to keep pushing the start date for the shoot,” Waititi said. “We ended up having to push it a couple weeks too far, which actually ate into the Thor schedule, because they were very close together. And that got pushed again and again, and it just got too far into the Thor schedule to be able to make it work. And my first commitment was to Marvel to make that film, so now I’ve kind of had to take Akira and sort of shift it around to the tail-end of Thor and move it down a couple of years.”