After the negative responses to two “whitewashed” Hollywood anime remakes with Ghost in the Shell and Death Note, many anime fans are not jumping at the idea of another remake of an anime classic, this time with Akira.
Taika Waititi, director of the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, has been rumoured to be in talks for the role as director, a position that would become far more likely if audiences and critics wholeheartedly embrace his style at play in Thor: Ragnarok. In an interview with IGN, Waititi talked about those rumours, addressed the concerns many fans have over another “whitewashing” scandal, and even discussed what his film would be aside from an anime remake. When asked if he would direct Akira, he said:
I am…that was more or less a rumour. There was, I mean, I was in talks to do that, for sure, and something that I was very passionate about…am passionate about. I actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books, and yeah, so anyway there’s been some chats…Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent. Yeah, I’d probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books.
These comments are certainly made by someone passionate about the source material, and especially about doing it justice. Whether Waititi will get the job of directing the Warner Bros. produced live-action Akira remains to be seen, and the director’s slate will certainly fill up after the release of Thor: Ragnarok.
Thor: Ragnarok is in cinemas November 3.
5 Reasons Warner Bros. Needs To Fast-Track The ‘Man Of Steel’ Sequel
Superman is a pop culture icon. The character was introduced to the masses in 1938. Eventually after radio shows, serials and animated adaptations, Superman became a movie icon following the release 1978’s Superman: The Movie. The seminal superhero film, directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve, was followed by three sequels and one spin-off. In 2006, Bryan Singer brought Superman back to the silver screen with Superman Returns. The movie was divisive so it was back to the drawing board for Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Eventually, Zack Snyder was brought on board for the next iteration of Superman: Man of Steel.
Man of Steel was released in 2013 to decent reviews. The movie was a financial hit, but instead of doing a direct sequel, Warner Bros. went with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. That movie has come and gone and Justice League is on the horizon. Last year, it was also announced that a sequel to Man of Steel was coming along. There has been no word on that movie other than a few rumors here and there. This may be due to the situation that Superman was left in at the end of Batman v Superman, which will be resolved in Justice League.
There are many reasons why Man of Steel deserves a sequel. Here are a few reasons Warner Bros. needs to fast-track the project. Click Next to get started!