Thor: Ragnarok's director Allegedly Inline To Direct Akira Live-action Film.

Thor: Ragnarok's director Allegedly Inline To Direct Akira Live-action Film.

According to Deadline, Thor: Ragnarok's director Taika Waititi is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct the live-action film adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 classic sci-fi Akira.

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures acquired the rights to bring the anime in big screen back in 2002 for 7-figures deal with manga publisher Kodansha. Warner Bros.’ is planning to split the manga into two films, with each film covering three books in the series.

The 1988 Japanese science fiction anime film was directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, produced by Ryōhei Suzuki and Shunzō Katō and written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto... Akira the anime film was based on Otomo's manga of the same name. Akira is considered to be one of the greatest animated and science fiction movies of all time!

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) producing the film with a script by Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta. Waititi is next to direct Jojo Rabbit, a WWII dramedy which he wrote the script.

Welcome to 21st-century neo-Tokyo, a vast metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by an apocalyptic blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when dormant paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, who becomes a target for a shadowy government agency who will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like that which leveled Tokyo. At the core of their motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear of an unthinkable, monstrous power known only as…Akira.

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