But there has been some concern from lovers of Akira that the series should be left alone entirely as a work of art. There have been some concerns, especially after other manga/anime adaptations like Ghost in the Shell or Death Note were accused of “white-washing” the movie and taking a potential opportunity away from actors and actresses from racial and ethnic minorities that parallel the source material. Waititi has a plan in mind already to combat those concerns.
Per Cinema Blend, Waititi spoke about his vision for casting when the time comes saying, “Yeah. 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. Yeah, I’d probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books.”
Now seems like quite the fitting time to breathe new life into Akira and present other dimensions of Neo Tokyo and the gang to audiences familiar with that realm and new fans as well. Just look at Ready Player One, which just hit theaters last month, among other easter eggs they featured Kaneda’s crimson bike, which is arguably one of the most iconic symbols from the manga/anime.
Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of Akira and of course the stylish bike spoke with Forbes about what it will take to get his approval to turn his creation into a live action movie. He said, “When it comes to Akira I have already finished the original manga and my own anime version too. So in that sense, I am basically done with Akira. If someone wants to do something new with Akira then I am mostly okay with that. As I accepted the offer for a live-action Akira to be made, so I am generally okay with whatever they want to do with it. However, I did give one major condition to a live-action version and that is that I had to check and approve the scenario.”
We can only hope that Taika Waititi is able to pass the test and show the world his vision of Neo Tokyo and Akira in a live-action adaptation in the not too distant future.