• Writer/Director Jordan Peele (Photo: Rich Fury/Invision) (AAP)Source: AAP
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19 May 2017 - 5:27 PM  UPDATED 19 May 2017 - 5:27 PM

Get Out director Jordan Peele has turned down the opportunity to direct the upcoming live-action Akira film.

Peele decided to turn it down, partnering with the studio and J.J. Abrams on a lovecraftian TV series exploring the Black Civil Rights Movement in 1950s America for HBO.

Speaking with Blumhouse, Peele said, “‘Akira’ is one of my favourite movies, and I think obviously the story justifies it as big a budget as you can possibly dream. The real question for me is: do I want to do pre-existing material or do I want to do original content? At the end of the day, I want to do original stuff.”

Rumours on casting and directors involved with the live-action adaptation have been spreading for years. In fact, it’s been in development for fifteen years, given Warner Bros. originally secured the rights to the series in 2002.

According to IGN, prior to Peele, Swedish film director Daniel Espinosa (Life, Safe House, Easy Money) and filmmaker David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) were in talks to direct the film. In 2008, the film was said to be a two-part series based on the original manga with a script written by Irish filmmaker Ruari Robinson (The Last Days on Mars) and screenwriter Garry Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli, After Earth).

After the success of Get Out (which made $218 million), there was a lot of exciting potential in Peele being rumoured to be involved with the project. It’s unknown who will next be rumoured.

Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira is an intense science fiction anime film and cult classic. Set in a dystopian cyberpunk decaying world, the film follows teen biker gang leader, Shotaro Kaneda and his friend, Testuo as he tries to stop his friend and newly awakened superhuman from destroying the whole world.

Akira became an instant classic for its incredibly unique and graphic art style and tone, acting as a warning for the rise of nuclear weapons in the 80s. Our lovely host, Andy Trieu recently hosted a screening of the film at Sydney’s Event Cinemas George St.

Get Out is an American horror film currently in theatres, following an African American photographer visiting his white girlfriend’s family in an all white neighbourhood. Read our review to find out more.

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