News hits the blogosphere regarding the status quo of the much talked about and arguably divisive plans to bring the manga/anime franchise Akira to the big screen in a live-action format. The coming film has a set release date.
Akira is slated for cinematic release come May 21, 2021
The director of the coming Akira movie is Taika Waititi. Waititi, of course, was responsible for Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Back in 2018, Waititi spoke on the direction he would take in realising the 1988 cult classic story on film:
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.Taika Waititi, Interview with Dazed (2018)
Well, Akira is all about potential. Plus, it looks like the original manga author Katsuhiro Otomo has given his blessing for his works to be adapted. A similar tactic as was used in the promotion of ScarJo and Rupert Sander’s Ghost In The Shell. However, Otomo did stipulate that he would have the right to “check and approve the scenario” for a live-action adaptation. So, maybe it’ll be okay…
More news as things develop.