Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way is bringing a live-action remake of the Manga masterpiece to the big screen
It looks like Leonardo DiCaprio has offered over $18m to Warner Bros to get the live-action remake of Akira off the ground. In an article by Variety, the cash was allocated through California’s 2019 Filming Tax Credits. It is also reported that in order for Warner Brothers to receive the funding, production must begin within 180 days. This means, all going well we could see things move forward very quickly. So, how do you feel about yet another Westernised Manga remake?
With the recent remakes of Scarlett Johannson starring Ghost In The Shell and Adam Wingard’s adaptation of Death Note for Netflix, I would have to wait and see who else gets involved with the production before any sort of judgement is passed.
Personally, Ghost In The Shell didn’t do it for me at all, but I did enjoy Wingard’s Death Note. I mean, Death Note wasn’t perfect and it was a little to light in the gore. Still, it still had some epic death scenes with a perfectly casted Willem Dafoe as Ryuk.
There are rumours that Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is Warner and Appian Way’s first choice to direct the live-action remake of Akira. If they manage to get Waititi onboard, this is a remake I think we can all get behind.
Anyone who knows of Akira knows how hard it would be to adapt to a live-action film. Waititi was a huge success for Marvel’s highly visual and impressive Thor: Ragnarok. And, as a man who is not a fan of superhero movies, I can safely say that I would watch another Marvel or DC movie if Waititi helmed it.
The news has been announced and it’s the news that’s going to make a lot of people happy. Taika Waititi has been confirmed as the director for Akira. Not only that, but we also have a release date. The film is set to be released on May 21st 2021.
I guess the only thing left to do is hunt down the original and witness it in all its masterful glory.
Words by Gary Gamble Founder/owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker