There’s talk about a live-action remake of “Akira”—beware, there’s a reference to “The Simpsons”—like Cleaning House: What Never Ends. Fifteen years have passed since it was announced that Ruairi Robinson would be in charge of covering Katsuhiro Otomo’s famous work And, since then, the list of names attached to the project has been constantly changing.
From actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Pattinson or Justin Timberlake to directors like the Hughes Brothers, Jaime Collet-Serra or Christopher Nolan himself, there are many names that have been omitted; meet each other A Jordan Peele Who Decided To Exit The Production At The Right Time,
As the director has told in the Happy Sad Confused podcast that he does not regret leaving ‘Akira’ at all. The reason is that, ultimately, your personal balance Leans towards creating original content without hesitation and not existing licenses,
“It’s a project I’m passionate about. I’m glad I didn’t do it because I feel like… stepping away from that, trying to play that IP, set me on the path to creating something new.” But I want to see Neo-Tokyo. I want to see the whole cast. Japanese. I want to feel immersed in its world.
This isn’t the first time that the directors of ‘Let Me Out’, ‘Us’ and ‘No’ make some similar arguments regarding the translation of manga and anime to the big screen. 2017, Already Speaking on Blumhouse.com made clear his preference for unpublished stories,
“I think if the story justifies it, I can do it. ‘Akira’ is one of my favorite movies, and I think the story clearly justifies the biggest budget you can dream of.” But the real question for me is: Do I want to create content that already exists or do I want to create original content? At the end of the day, I want to create original content.”
Finally, ‘Akira’ unexpectedly fell into the hands of Taika Waititi with a release date of 2021. However, production delays allowed him to get down to work with the series ‘Our Flag Means Death’ and ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’. Will we get to see flesh-and-blood versions of Kaneda, Tetsuo and company? I’m starting to doubt…