Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi in Talks to Direct the ‘Akira’ Movie for Warner

Taika Waititi In Talks To Direct

It looks like Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct Akira, the Warner Bros. live-action version of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s 6-volume graphic novel.

The studio has been trying to mount the project of years. Directors once attached to helm the picture include Ruairi Robinson, The Hughes Brothers and Jaume Collet-Serra. Before Waititi, rumors surfaced that Jordan Peele was interested, but he ultimately turned it down. There was even a rumor that the manga adaptation could be Christopher Nolan’s next movie, but that never came to pass too.

Originally Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta wrote a script. Deadline Hollywood also reports that Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is still producing, but I am not sure if the original script is still in play.

Set in a future city environment called New Manhattan, the sci-fi epic follows the leader of a bike gang who must save his best friend, who has been experimented on by the government causing him to develop dangerous and destructive psychokinetic powers.

In addition to the upcoming Thor: Ragnorok, Waititi will next direct Jojo Rabbit, a WWII dramedy set up at Fox Searchlight with that filming in the spring. [Deadline]