Taika Waititi Says He Wouldn't Whitewash 'Akira'

Rebecca Barbier
Outubro 12, 2017

The anime is rightly considered a groundbreaking piece of work and helped popularize anime in the West. Now rumblings of a live-action Akira are starting up again. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. Assuming a deal does stick, though, the latter noted that his version of Akira would be more loyal to the source material, as opposed to Katsuhiro Otomo's decorated sci-fi flick of '88. One film that Waititi has been rumored to be involved with is the inevitable live-action Akira remake. "I would do an adaptation of the books", Waititi said, adding, "And, yeah, so anyway there's been some chats [about him directing it]".

"I actually love the books". In an interview with IGN, Waititi talked about those rumours, addressed the concerns many fans have over another "whitewashing" scandal, and even discussed what his film would be aside from an anime remake.

"There was a lot of improvisation on the day so who knows if it's going to remain in there or not, I don't know", House explained.

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Taika Waititi, director of the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, has been rumoured to be in talks for the role as director, a position that would become far more likely if audiences and critics wholeheartedly embrace his style at play in Thor: Ragnarok. "Yeah, I'd probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books". For example, the end of the anime is roughly the halfway point of the manga series; the missing half of the story is a sort of gang war for control of Neo Tokyo. Live action anime is also a tricky genre to tackle, and it hasn't fared well in recent times.

Taika Waititi's next directorial project is expected to be the World War II dramedy Jojo Rabbit, which reportedly begins filming next spring.

The filmmaker behind the new Thor: Ragnarok blockbuster recently entered talks to tackle the long-gestating Akira adaptation, and although he has not revealed whether he plans to sign on for the task, he has some very clear ideas about how he would approach the movie, about two telekinetic brothers in rival biker gangs in a post-apocalyptic metropolis.

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