Jordan Peele Explains Why He Passed On ‘AKIRA’

Jordan Peele, director of Get Out and half of the Key & Peele comedy act, has revealed why he turned down an offer to direct AKIRA.


Jordan Peele, director of one of this year’s biggest hits (Get Out), was at one point a potential director for the live-action AKIRA adaptation – the one movie in Development Hell that refuses to die. However, he turned it down. Peele has now offered an explanation for why he didn’t take Warner Brothers up on the offer.

An interview posted on the official Blumhouse Productions website to promote the upcoming release of Get Out, Peele revealed that he is more interested in working on original concepts as opposed to adaptations and potential franchises:

“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.”

Peele has stated that while AKIRA might not be his movie to handle, he does think he can work on a picture with larger scale and scope. Given that Ghost In The Shell was pretty far from being the breakout live-action anime adaptation hit that Hollywood wanted it to be, it’s entirely possible that AKIRA may have once again returned to Development Hell, since there hasn’t been any news on it since Ghost was a dud at the box office. Still, given how well Get Out handled issues about race, it might have been interesting to see how Peele could have approached this issue in such an adaptation, and it might have also been a sign that WB were trying to avoid having any of the unpleasant connotations that whitewashing comes with.

Peele’s Get Out will be arriving on Blu-Ray on Tuesday of next week. The disc will feature several deleted scenes and an alternate ending.

Source: Blumhouse