Get Out director Jordan Peele is in talks to direct a live action adaptation of Akira for Warner Bros., according to Tracking Board. Citing studio chatter and inside information about the film learned at this week's CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the site says Peele may now be the frontrunner for the film.
Akira is a manga by Katsuhiro Otomo, which was partially adapted as an anime film by Otomo himself. Considered a defining work of both manga/anime and the cyberpunk genre, Akira follows the members of a young motorcycle gang as they become embroiled in a political conspiracy centered on developing psychic powers in human beings.
Peele is best known as one half of comedy duo Key & Peele. However his directorial debut, the psychological horror film Get Out, recently made waves at the box office turning around nearly $150 million in domestic box office receipts on a budget of only $4.5 million.
Akira has been in development in some form or another at Warner Bros. for years, with numerous actors and directors attached. At one point, The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan was in talks to helm the film with Leonardo DiCaprio starring.