Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Taika Waititi to helm Akira live-action remake

Taika Waititi to helm Akira live-action remake

Warner Bros. has been looking to adapt Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 film Akira into a pair of big budget, live-action feature films for almost a decade, with the first attempt hoping to star Leonardo DiCaprio back in 2008.

If Rachel House doesn't get a cameo as a police officer or teacher, then what is even the point of getting Taika Waititi to direct?

The studios are said to be keen to make two Akira films, each covering three volumes of the book series. If he accepts the deal, Waititi will be the next in WB's line of directors to attempt this film.

Set in a future city environment called New Manhattan, the sci-fi epic follows the leader of a bike gang who must save his best friend, who has been experimented on by the government causing him to develop risky and destructive psychokinetic powers. "The picture has been a big priority since Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures acquired it for 7-figures from manga publisher Kodansha", Anita Busch and Mike Fleming Jr. wrote in the original report. Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar is producing with Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson.

Let's just hope that Warner Bros. has taken notes from the much-maligned, other high-profile anime adaptation, Ghost in the Shell, and gets the players just right. No commitment has been made public about more films with Marvel Studios.

The film was previously adapted into an animated feature in 1988. Jaume Collet-Serra came close to directing the project back in 2011, with a cast that would have included Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter, and, potentially, Dane DeHaan or Michael Pitt in the lead role of Tetsuo, but plans for production ultimately fell through.

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