Taika Waititi Still Has His Eyes On A Live-Action Adaptation Of Akira

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It looks like Taika Waititi isn't giving up on working on a live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira.

Though the film's still far off from production, the Thor: Ragnarok director's got his eyes on adapting Akira. Speaking in an interview with Dazed magazine, Waititi updated fans on the project, saying that though he hasn't really begun work on the film just yet, he's focused on adapting the iconic manga series.


"I haven't really started to get my head around it yet. 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. But (the anime) Akira is one of my favourite films; my mum took me to see it when I was 13 and it changed my life."

Though the Akira movie's one of the most iconic anime movies in history, the film had to chuck out a large part of the manga's plot so that it could leave a feature-length story. Choosing to adapt the manga gives Waititi a different perspective to work on.

Waititi's Akira doesn't have a release date just yet, but we'll let everyone know as soon as we get word.

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