When it comes to remaking Akira, Taika Waititi knows how he would approach it. By drawing inspiration strictly from the manga and not the 1988 anime film. “I don’t believe the world needs a remake of the anime,” Waititi told Slashfilm, he continued “I would really just want to look at an adaptation of the books in a new way”. Consisting of over 2000 pages, the manga ran in Young Magazine from 1982 to 1990.
When its publisher Kodansha collected it into six volumes. Though Waititi’s vision is sure to make fans happy, the film has been in pre-production since 2009. Which is when Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment first acquired the rights to the property. Since then it has been a neverending uphill battle.
As Director Albert Hughes (Book Of Eli) exited the project in 2011. Citing creative differences. Then in 2012, Warner Bros. shut down the Akira production offices due to casting, script, and budget issues. Recently Waner Bros. turned to Jordan Peele to direct but was turned down by the Get Out director.
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