He confirmed there had been "talks" but alternated between speaking about the project in the past and present tense even as he also offered his thoughts on his approach to adapting the material and casting the film. Don't expect him to make the same mistake, should he get the gig. When Otomo adapted his story for the screen, not only was the manga still another two years away from completion, but the story that was there had to be severely truncated and edit to fit into a traditional theatrical running time.
"I actually love the books". Whether Waititi will get the job of directing the Warner Bros. produced live-action Akira remains to be seen, and the director's slate will certainly fill up after the release of Thor: Ragnarok. I love the manga, I love the film, but I will never do a remake of the film. I would do an adaptation of the books... "I would do an adaptation of the books", Waititi said. Both Death Note and Ghost in the Shell received mixed reviews from fans and critics, with the latter movie proving to be a box-office bomb despite the star power of Scarlett Johansson. Time will tell if the project moves forward this time, but given the fate of previous attempts at Akira, it's best not to get any hopes up just yet.
Not so long ago, there was a pretty big rumour that Matt Damon was going to be turning up for a secret cameo in Thor: Ragnarok. Back in 2011, a live-action Akira nearly got off the ground with Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) behind the camera, Kristen Stewart was offered a lead role in the film, and names like Helena Bonham Carter, Gary Oldman and Garrett Hedlund were also floated as possible cast members.
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"Actually, Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably. sort of unfound, untapped talent", he shared.
"Yeah, I'd probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books." he added on, nodding to the six-volume manga collection the Akira anime film is based on.
We won't spoil any of the jokes but Waititi and Hemsworth absolutely nail it.