In a recent interview with Dazed, Taika Waititi dropped these tidbits about his very high-profile project of adapting the famed Akira manga series for live-action. In asking about the adaptation Waititi said
“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.”
Waititi will be directing JoJo Rabbit next. But the Warner Brothers / Legendary Pictures project is a big priority after a 7-figure deal over the 6-volume series from Kodansha. Mad Chance’s Lazar is producing with Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. Rumour is that it would be a 2-part film split up to 3 volumes each. The original anime adaptation came out in 1998. There have been several attempts at a live action version.
CAA and Manage-ment rep Waititi.
Read the full interview here