Taika Waititi has been keeping himself quite busy lately. You might remember him from his work on Thor: Ragnarok as both the director and the voice of Korg, the big rocky bruiser and comedic relief in the film. Taika now has his sights set on refurbishing an iconic Japanese manga/anime title and bringing it to the big screen in a live-action full feature. Ever watch or read Akira?
Neo Tokyo is about to explode yet again if Taika Waititi has his way and is able to get the full permission to adapt the creatively dark and edgy world into a live action film. The goal he’s explained isn’t to do a direct remake of the film, quite the contrary actually, Taika is really digging into the source material which originated with books.
In an interview with Dazed Magazine, Waititi talked little about the task of adapting Akira into a live action film saying: “I haven’t really started to get my head around it yet. What I wanted to do was an adaptation of the books, ’cos a lot of people are like, ‘Don’t touch that film!’ and I’m like, ‘I’m not remaking the film, I want to go back to the book.’ A lot of the people freaking out haven’t even read the books, and there are six gigantic books to go through. It’s so rich. But (the anime) Akira is one of my favorite films; my mum took me to see it when I was 13 and it changed my life.”
Akira is one of those films that made a lasting impression if nothing else for how stunning the animation was during that period of time in the 80s. It was definitely geared more towards a mature audience considering some of the more gory and brutal actions sequences, but the storyline following a band of outcasts in a troubled and crumbling city is the heartbeat of it all.