Deadline reports Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi may have found a new project as the New Zealand-born filmmaker is in negotiations to helm the long-in-development live-action adaptation of Akira.
While the film is set to adapt the original manga from the graphic novel written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo, Warner Bros. has swapped the Neo Tokyo to set the story in New Manhatten but will still follow the leader of a biker gang when he saves his friend from a medical experiment.
Earlier this year it was revealed that the project was picking up steam again when the studio was revealed to be reportedly eyeing Get Out director Jordan Peele for the job but Peele ultimately turned it down. Producing the project is Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance alongside Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson.
Unlike the 1988 adaptation directed by Otomo, Warner Bros. intends to split the six-volume series into two films, each covering three of the books.
As of now, no release date for the live-action adaptation of Akira has been set. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the live-action adaptation of Akira as we learn it.
7 Movies Still Worth Catching In Theaters In 2017
The summer movie season may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some amazing films still coming out this year! It just opened the fall box office with a bang, earning the highest opening for a horror film, and there are quite a few films set to follow its lead. The holiday season in particular is always a great time for movies, with Oscar contenders and big-budget family-friendly movies being released simultaneously.
Of course, the movies on this list aren’t the only films coming out this year — they’re just some of the ones with the biggest marketing budget, making it easier for people to know they are coming out soon. So, if none of these movies seem interesting to you, do a little research and see if there are any great independent or foreign films coming to your local theaters!
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