Taika Waititi is one of the most interesting filmmakers working today. Anything he does is worth paying attention to. He made one of the funniest and and colorful superhero films in Thor: Ragnarok. He is directing an episode of The Mandalorian for Jon Favreau on Disney+. He also has a wholly original satire on the way called Jojo Rabbit. A film that is already getting award buzz by insiders. So whatever he is working on, people pay attention to.
He had been tapped to make a live action Akira film, and now Jacob Fisher over at Discussing Film dropped the news that the movie will begin to film in the summer. Originally it was reported that it would start in July in Los Angeles. But production was pushed back a month and will now begin on August 19th.
Akira is a manga that was adapted into a 1988 animated film. Here is a synopsis from Wikipedia for those unfamiliar with the property:
Akira (Japanese: アキラ Hepburn: Akira) is a 1988 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic cyberpunk film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, produced by Ryōhei Suzuki and Shunzō Katō, and written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, based on Otomo’s manga of the same name. The film had a production budget of ¥1.1 billion ($9 million), making it the most expensive anime film of its time.
Set in a dystopian 2019, Akira tells the story of Shōtarō Kaneda, a leader of a local biker gang whose childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, acquires incredible telekinetic abilities after a motorcycle accident, eventually threatening an entire military complex amidst chaos and rebellion in the sprawling futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the manga, the plot differs considerably and removes much of the last half of the manga.
I am very excited for Jojo Rabbit, and now due to Waititi’s involvement in Akira it has my attention. I have never experienced the manga or the 1988 film, but the premise sounds interesting. No word on a cast yet, but I’m sure that will be announced soon if the film starts shooting in a couple of months.
Source: Discussing Film