Taika Waititi on Akira Movie Rumors and Whitewashing Concerns

Taika Waititi Says He Won't Whitewash Live Action Akira If He Directs

I love the manga, I love the film, but I will never do a remake of the film.

So, if Waititi actually takes this gig and ends up adapting Akira, it would appear the project is in good hands.

For now, the director seems to be keeping his options open regarding the movie, and since Thor: Ragnarok looks set to be a huge hit, he'll have no shortage of career options.

Now What We Do In the Shadows and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is in talks to helm the film.

Though it might not really mean anything, speculation that Damon might have a cameo in Marvel's last film of the year has gotten even worse after The Martian and Jason Bourne star crashed Chris Hemsworth's interview with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live. 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.

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Still, Waititi was able to relay his passion for the source material and his potential ideas, confirming that a film from him would adapt the manga rather than the 1988 animated film: "I actually love the books".

Warner Bros. has been developing a live-action movie of the Akira anime for years now, but Waititi said he's not interested in remaking that classic movie. I would do an adaptation of the books...

Actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent. "And, yeah, so anyway there's been some chats [about him directing it]". Live action anime is also a tricky genre to tackle, and it hasn't fared well in recent times.

It might sound like a long shot, but word on the rumor mill has it that Matt Damon might be making a surprise appearance in Taika Waititi's superhero space buddy movie, Thor: Ragnarok. Previously proposed adaptations of Akira had a string of young Hollywood actors like Dane DeHaan, Garret Hedlund and Kristen Stewart attached - you may have noticed that all of them are white.

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