"I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books.”
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11 Oct 2017 - 11:39 AM  UPDATED 11 Oct 2017 - 11:46 AM

Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi confrims that he has been approached to direct a live-action adaptation of Akira.

In an interview with IGN, when asked about last month’s rumour that Warner Bros. was in talks with him to direct the film, Waititi dances around the topic, admitting he has been asked. He says it’s a project he’s, “passionate about.”

“Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie,” He told IGN. “I would do an adaptation of the books.”

Waititi adds that if he were to direct an Akira live-action project, he would cast Asian actors.

"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," he told IGN.

Following Thor: Ragnarok Waititi will begin directing Jojo Rabbit, a drama-comedy set in World War II, early next year. If he does end up directing Akira, we expect we won’t hear anything concrete until after he finishes work on his next film. Thor’s latest adventure airs in theaters October 26.

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