"Thor: Ragnarok" Director Discusses What He’d Do With Live-Action "Akira"
New Zealand’s writer/director/actor/artist Taika Waititi has already gained critical recognition with works like his Oscar nominated short “Two Cars, One Night” and a cult following with quirky films like horror mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows. Now, he’s ready to break big with Marvel comics movie Thor: Ragnarok. Recently premiered and set to open wide November 3rd, there’s talk of putting in him the proximity of Warner Bros.’ long gestating adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira.
Concerning the buzz, Waititi told IGN that’d love to tackle the manga (1982-1990) rather than remaked the anime (1988):
I actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books.
And, in relation to the casting decisions/controversies that frequently plague Hollywood anime adaptations:
Yeah. actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent. Yeah, I’d probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books.