Taika Waititi is directing a new take on the cult classic Akira with the blessing and assistance of the original creator, Katsuhiro Ôtomo. It’s also being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, because why not.
According to Waititi, the live-action remake will not be a re-telling of the classic film, but rather an adaptation of the manga series source.
I don’t believe the world needs a remake of the anime, I think for me it would be, if there’s any real possibility for doing it, I would really just want to look at an adaptation of the books in a new way.
The manga was originally published between 1982 and 1990, and follows Kaneda, the leader of a teenage biker gang in post-apocalyptic future-city, Neo-Tokyo. His, already unhinged, best friend, Tetsuo, develops immense psycho-kinetic powers that eventually drive him insane as he seeks to awaken the thing that destroyed the city over two decades ago. It is considered a landmark text in the cyberpunk genre and is credited with fuelling anime’s popularity in the West. Also, Kaneda had a wicked-rad bike and we all wanted it.
I am looking forward to some stylish, neon-infused bike battles.
Akira’s release date is set for 21 May 2021, which is the same day as John Wick: Chapter 4. I don’t think Kaneda could take that man in a bike fight…