– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Akira is one of the handful of anime properties that’s been in development on some level for years. Interestingly enough, a lot of the other projects have since made their way to the screen in some fashion. Ghost in the Shell and Death Note have both had their releases (and both have received lashings from both critics and fans), and Alita: Battle Angel more recently had its first teaser trailer drop.

Akira, on the other hand, has still yet to land a director. Most recently, Thor: Ragnarok Taika Waititi has expressed his interest in tackling the manga adaptation, but there’s been no official word just yet. However, it looks like it’s taken one more step closer to actually becoming a reality.

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According to Omega Underground, the film has just hired production designer Martin Whist to begin work on the film. Whist has done a whole lot of movies, including The Predator, RoboCop, Super 8, and Cloverfield, and as such, he seems like a fitting collaborator for this new, post-apocalyptic film.

Is this an indication that it’s finally gaining momentum? That’s definitely possible. As we stated earlier, Waititi has expressed interest in the past, and even stated that if he were to adapt it, he’d base it on the manga, not the anime film. Given the positive buzz surrounding Thor: Ragnarok, it would make sense that Warner Bros. would want to strike while the iron’s hot, building off that positive momentum.

What do you think of Whist being brought in to start design work on Akira? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Omega Underground

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.