After what seems like forever, the long-awaited live-action AKIRA movie looks like it’s finally ready to go, and we have Taika Waititi to thank for it.
It feels like we’ve been talking about a live-action remake of the classic anime movie, which in turn is an adaptation of a mega-selling Manga, for an eternity, and although talk of Waititi’s interest was enough to make us feel warm and fuzzy in all the right places, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the film would only ever be a dream project, doomed to languish in developmental hell for all time.
All of this changed earlier today though when Warner Bros. announced that the film was slated for a 2021 release, and the What We Do in the Shadows and Thor: Ragnarok director would be the man to bring the project to the big screen at last.
For those of you who’ve been living under a rock for the last 37 years, Akira is the story of a Neo-Tokyo biker gang leader who comes together with his crew to battle their one-time friend Tetsuo, who is threatening to destroy the world via his extraordinary psychic powers. The story started life as a Manga series back in 1982, and would later be turned into an iconic animated movie in 1988.
If you’re worried about how the movie will fare in the hands of a writer/director better known for his comedic yet melancholic style, then we’d suggest trawling the internet for the countless mentions Waititi has made over the years about adapting the story. The very fact that he has been consistent about this passion project for so long should be indication enough for you that the cyberpunk classic is in very safe hands.
Now, all we need to know is, who in Hollywood can scream KANEDAAAAAAA!!! the loudest? We’d suggest hiring that guy!
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