Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Taika Waititi May Take On 'Akira'

Taika Waititi may be the man to adapt the long troubled 'Akira' adaptation. The intention has always been to make 2 films, each covering 3 books in the series. Akira was first adapted for the screen in 1988.

The celebrated Manga and anime takes place in 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo's supernatural powers suddenly manifest.

Waititi is next project is currently a WWII film Jojo Rabbit, which he also wrote.