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.
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