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– by Nick Doll

The live-action Hollywood adaption of the popular six-volume manga Akira has had a troubled past. It has been in development for 15 years at Warner Bros. In that time, many writers and directors have been attached, only to leave the project. In fact, there are too many potential iterations over the years to recount here. One could write an entire article on just the history of this troubled production.

Earlier this year, Warner Bros was said to be looking to attach Get Out‘s Jordan Peele as a director, though this didn’t come to pass, as so many other versions of the project did not. But, now Deadline reports that Warner Bros is negotiating with Taika Waititi to direct the film.

If you haven’t heard of or seen Waititi’s work, you will soon enough, as he is the creative force behind this November’s Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi has a wicked sense of humor, which is why the new Thor looks to be as hilarious as a Guardians of the Galaxy film. For a great example of his directing (and acting) chops, check out What We Do In The Shadows, a hilarious mockumentary about vampires living in modern day New Zealand.

Deadline says Akira has been a big priority for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures, with the intention to make two films, each covering three books from the series. Akira has been adapted into a film once before in 1988, though it was not live-action.

Do you think Waititi is the right man for Akira? If not, who would you like to see direct? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: Deadline

 

  • Moby85

    Too soon. Need to see his work.

  • After that Ragnarok trailer clearly his next film should be He-Man

    • Rune Stigart

      Didnt think of it at all, but yeah, there are some MOTU-aesthetics going on there. Unfortunately MOTU will never get a good enough director like that.

      • Change the names and it pretty much is a He-Man movie anyway… Thor is He-Man, Banner/Hulk is Cringer/Battlecat, Valkyrie is Teela, Hela is Evil-lyn, and it’s more of a stretch but you could argue Loki is Skeletor and the Grandmaster is Hordak or something. Need to see the movie to see what else fits well.

        • Rune Stigart

          A bit of a stretch, yeah. 😉
          I think the first 2 Thor-movies had a bigger MOTU-feel visually when I think about it. Ragnarok is a bit too spacy and colorful for MOTU. Or somehwere in between, but I do get it.

          • Thor 1 second half is quite similar to the Lundgren He-Man movie too…

          • Rune Stigart

            Yeah, that part definitely is. Having a MOTU-movie visit earth is just a no-go, so Ragnarok looks similar there.

  • TheOct8pus

    What we Do In the Shadows is great, but it’s probably his most different movie. A very “Taika” movie is “Hunt For the Wilderpeople” or “Eagle vs. Shark”….he always finds the perfect balance between comedy and drama. Glad he’s expanding into bigger works, I just hope Hollywood doesn’t ruin him….

  • tanner david

    Change the names and it pretty much is a He-Man movie anyway… Thor is He-Man, Banner/Hulk is Cringer/Battlecat, Valkyrie is Teela, Hela is Evil-lyn, and it’s more of a stretch but you could argue Loki is Skeletor and the Grandmaster is Hordak or something. Need to see the movie to see what else fits well.

  • Victor Roa

    ugh, will this film just die already? What’s amazing about live action anime remakes is they come out like threats, and they wait patiently for something. Maybe Death Notes could be the excuse but Ghost in the Shell really should just be the end all excuse for hollywood to stop threatening us with this.