The life-action version of Katsushiro’s manga “Akira” went through its his own development hell for years, and we have already lost hope that we will ever see this movie. The last rumour was heard in 2017 when Daniel Espinosa (“Life”) and David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) were nominated for directors. These plans have obviously failed, and we can add them to the huge list of names in front of and behind the camera that were part of the project.
Warner Bros. Pictures, however, do not give up and continue their attempts to turn the life-action “Akira” into reality. This time, they not only have a confirmed director but also a premier date. Their choice is New Zealand’s Taika Waititi, known to the audience with his films “What We Do in the Shadows”, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “Thor: Ragnarok”. The plans are for the film to debut in cinemas in May 2021. Is Akira finally going to become a reality?
We are aware that we are skeptical. Far too many times we were assured that things are safe and everything moves according to plan, and then there is complete silence for years. We sincerely hope this is not the last news we will hear and see until the next “definite” development.
For the time being absolutely nothing is known about the story or the main actors. There were rumors that the action would take place in the States with American characters, but that too was heard too long ago to be believed now. At this stage it’s only known that Leonardo DiCaprio has embraced the production.
We sincerely hope “Akira” to receive a high-quality and adequate film, but we will be able to comment when there is more information and a trailer. We will surely keep track of developments and will inform you about the first casting news or story selection. For the moment it’s certain (though we know that there’s nothing to be sure of) that Taika Waititi does not intend to make a remake of the Japanese anime classic from 1988, but his own adaptation of the manga. Fingers crossed.