AKIRA: It Sounds Like Taika Waititi's Adaptation Of The Classic Manga Is Moving Forward At WB
We found out last year that the long gestating Akira movie was officially back on at Warner Bros. with Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi being courted to direct, and it sounds like that's now a done deal...
Back in September of last year, Deadline mentioned that the studio was courting the director, but the trade's latest report suggests that Waititi has now signed on.
The news was actually buried in a story about the live-action movie scoring tax credits to film in California. Apparently, a 71-day shoot is planned that will employ more than 200 "below-the-line" crew and more than 5,000 employees. If WB wants to take advantage of this lucrative tax incentive, Akira will have to start production in the next six months.
Akira is a very complex story, but at its core it's about two biker friends (brothers in the Americanized script) named Kaneda and Tetsuo who find themselves becoming mortal enemies when the latter begins to develop apocalyptic psychic powers, and a God-complex to match.
The project is still being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, but we're not sure if the script by Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta is still in play.
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