It’s been a long road for Warner Bros. planned live-action adaptation of the groundbreaking Akira. The studio has been developing an adaptation of the manga turned anime since 2002 but clearly haven’t been able to pull it off yet. Since the initial announcement, the studio has had a number of directors, producers, and writers attached to the film. The latest of these being Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do In The Shadows director Taika Waititi.
In a recent interview with Dazed Magazine, Waititi confirmed that he is still working on the project but it is still in the early stages. He also reaffirmed that his adaptation will be focusing on the manga, not the anime.
“I haven’t really started to get my head around it yet. What I wanted to do was an adaptation of the books, ’cos a lot of people are like, ‘Don’t touch that film!’ and I’m like, ‘I’m not remaking the film, I want to go back to the book.’ A lot of the people freaking out haven’t even read the books, and there are six gigantic books to go through. It’s so rich. But (the anime) Akira is one of my favourite films; my mum took me to see it when I was 13 and it changed my life.”
There’s no word currently if we will see this version adapt a more “western” setting following the “whitewashing” debacles that the live-action adaptations of Ghost In The Shell and Death Note faced. However, even if they do go that route, Taika Waititi has stated that his film would focus on Asian teenagers for the core characters of the story.
With the director gearing up to go into production on his next film though, it seems like it’s going to be a little while before we get any solid information about Akira. Are you looking forward to a live-action Akira? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
7 Great Deathstroke Stories That Could Inspire The Movie
Now that fans know Deathstroke will be getting his own movie directed by The Raid’s Gareth Evans, it’s time for everyone to brush up on their Slade Wilson knowledge. Deathstroke is DC’s deadliest assassin and one of the smartest tacticians in the world, as well as the oldest foe of the Teen Titans. He’s even taken on the whole Bat-family single-handedly and escaped, proving just how tough of a fighter he is.
The movie will likely depict him as an anti-hero of sorts, a relatively new status for the character. Throughout most of his history Deathstroke has always been more of a self-interested fighter than a righteous man, but recently he’s developed a conscious and a desire to help people in DC Rebirth. He was even one of the main villains in the Batman: Arkham Origins game, proving that audiences are ready for more Slade Wilson.
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