WAITITI's AKIRA Would Adapt Entire Manga - Not a 'Shot For Shot Remake'

Akira Vol. 5 manga
Credit: Katsuhiro Otomo

Taika Waititi is not yet confirmed as the director of a potential live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira, but that's not stopping the Thor: Ragnarok director from laying out exactly how he'd handle the film - and he'd start by adapting the original manga, not the 1988 anime.

"Well, for a start don’t remake animes, do adaptations of the comic books, which is what I would do with this," Waititi told The Hollywood Reporter. "The original films do not need to be remade. It is its own perfect thing. But there are seven books in Akira and it [the 1988 film] only dealt with two. There are five whole books filled with artwork and stories that haven’t been touched, so that is where the strength of the story would lie."

"Who wants to see a shot-for-shot remake of the film?" he continued. "Nobody. Also, you have to make it entertaining. I think it’s really dangerous to make these films very serious cyber punk. There was a time and place for that and there may be a time and place for that tone, again, but you have to make fresh takes on things. [Akira creator Katsuhiro] Otomo said, 'Please don’t copy my stuff. Don’t copy what I did.'"

These comments follow Waititi's previous assertion that, should he adapt Akira, he would use a primarily Japanese cast to reflect the source material.

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