With Leonardo DiCaprio on board to produce!
21 Sep 2017 - 11:25 AM  UPDATED 21 Sep 2017 - 11:25 AM

Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Watiti could direct the upcoming Akira live-action film.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. are currently negotiating with the New Zealand Director to direct a two-part adaptation of Katsuhiro Otome’s dystopian sci-fi manga. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will produce the film.

Warner Bros.’s live action adaptation has had a number of directors involved in the past, most recently Get Out director Jordan Peele. An Akira live action project has been in the works for years. Earlier this year, Warner Bros and Legendary Studios bought the rights to the series and Attack on Titan from manga publisher Kodansha Comics.

In an interview with Forbes, Otome, who had yet to see the live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, admitted that “being entirely bound to the original manga of something like Akira wouldn’t make any sense as a movie.”

“I did give one major condition to a live-action version and that is that I had to check and approve the scenario,” Otome told Forbes.

“I am basically done with Akira,” he continued. “If someone wants to do something new with Akira then I am mostly okay with that. As I accepted the offer for a live-action Akira [film] to be made, I am generally okay with whatever they want to do with it.”

Watiti recently directed the third film in the Thor series, Thor: Ragnarok, which looks mighty promising and scheduled to release on October 26. He also directed a series of excellent alternative films including Boy, What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. If you’re a fan of the 1988 Akira film, we recommend listening to Black Cab’s alternate soundtrack inspired by the film.

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