Warner Bros. controls the rights to make a live-action model of iconic anime movie/manga collection Akira, and the studio is clearly getting so determined to do one thing with these rights that it appears to simply be throwing the challenge at any cool filmmaker with some buzz in hopes of getting them to direct it. Earlier this yr, Warner Bros. supplied Akira to Jordan Peele (who was recent off of the success of Get Out), however he turned it down as a result of he’d slightly do extra unique movies. Now, Deadline says that Warner Bros. has moved on to Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.
We don’t have an entire lot of particulars, however Waititi is seemingly in negotiations with the studio already. Which means that is at the least just a little greater than a rumor, so there’s an opportunity the live-action Akira film would possibly really occur this time. Sadly, Deadline’s description of the plot says it takes place in “New Manhattan” and that it’s a couple of biker who “saves his good friend from a medical experiment,” so perhaps it’ll be higher if this retains gathering mud on Warner Bros.’ shelf.