Yes, it may be difficult to believe but, it genuinely does looks like that live-action version of Akira we have waited decades for may finally be getting made. In case you live under a rock, or some other extremely limiting circumstances, Akira, is, of course, the singular, old-school anime, cyberpunk-dystopian, science fiction cult classic.
The film’s story, which creates a world strongly reminiscent of Anthony Burgess’ Clockwork Orange with the addition of motorcycles, was initially created by Katsuhiro Otomo for leading manga publisher Kodansha’s Young Magazine in 1982, Akira later got adapted for the iconic 1988 animated film, which Otomo also directed.
The reason speculation surrounding the live-action production getting underway is running rampant is because just recently the California Film Commission has awarded the project an $18.5 million tax credit to go ahead in the Golden State. If Akira is going to take advantage of the most significant cash incentive under the state’s latest Film & TV Tax Credit Program, production must go ahead in the next six months. It’s a significant step for the long-awaited production with a troubled history
One thing is for sure; The live-action remake will go ahead under the guidance of DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way. This occasion isn’t the first time California’s tax incentives have given a DiCaprio project this much cash. In 2017, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie won over $18 million.
Taika Waititi is attached to direct. Warner Bros’ previously offered Akira to Jordan Peele, of the satirical horror flick, Get Out, Marco Ramirez, who helmed Netflix’s Daredevil series, and once had Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves on hand to help out. Though we first heard of Waititi’s involvement a few years ago, Deadline most recently confirmed he’s still attached. No casting news or production dates news is available at this time.
In case you need a reminder of the original, here’s the trailer: