Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has confirmed that he has been approached by Warner Bros. to direct a live-action version of Katsuhiro Otomo's classic manga/anime Akira - and if he takes the job, it will be faithful to the original manga.
"I am - that was more or less a rumor. There was, I mean, I was in talks to do that, for sure, and something that I was very passionate about - am passionate about," Waititi told IGN. "I actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books. And, yeah, so anyway there's been some chats [about him directing it]."
Previous attempts to adapt the film included transplanting the cast and setting to the United States, something Waititi says he would avoid were he to take the job.
"Yeah. actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me," Waititi explained. "And probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent. Yeah, I'd probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books."
Waititi also added that he would concentrate on adapting the entire six volume manga. The original animated film, directed and animated by Akira creator Otomo himself, only adapted the first portion of the story that was eventually told in the longrunning manga.