Hollywood is most certainly focused on all things franchise at this point in time. For better or worse, that’s their bread and butter. It’s no coincidence that every studio under the sun seems to be pushing for their own shared universe in some form, and where a universe isn’t possible, they always tend to fall back on established properties, no matter how obscure. At the end of the day, any name recognition is better than none.
So it seems to be an eternal struggle for directors like Jordan Peele to keep out of the franchise stables. On the heels of his directorial debut, Get Out, which managed to be one of the best reviewed films of the year so far, there were rumors of him directing an Akira movie. He had never come out and discussed those talks before, and not long ago, it was revealed that his next project would be an original one.
So had Peele had discussions regarding an Akira film? While he didn’t necessarily confirm talks, when talking to Blumhouse.com, he pretty much talked about why he likely WOULDN’T do it.
“I think [I could do it] if the story justifies it. Akira is one of my favorite movies, and I think obviously the story justifies as big a budget as you can possibly dream of. But the real question for me is: Do I want to do pre-existing material, or do I want to do original content? At the end of the day, I want to do original stuff.”
Of course, all of that can change. Give a man a dump truck full of money, and he’s liable to do anything. However, I think the key here is that he is a new director finding his voice. Too often the trend is for a director to do one or two movies before being plucked from obscurity and thrown into a big franchise. While we can’t guarantee Peele would never succumb to the temptation of a bigger budget flick, it sounds like he’ll have enough willpower to stave off the big studios for at least a few films. If he does that, at least he’ll have the opportunity to establish his filmmaking voice before jumping into a bigger pool.
What do you think? Are you happy to see Jordan Peele sticking to his guns for the time being, or do you wish he would jump onto a bigger franchise? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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