"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," Waititi said, adding, "And, yeah, so anyway there's been some chats [about him directing it]."
Back in 2011, several white actors -- including Kristen Stewart, Dane DeHaan, and Garrett Hedlund -- had been attached to star in an incarnation of a live-action Akira movie that eventually fell apart. With the growing awareness of and backlash against Hollywood's long penchant for "whitewashing" casting of stories featuring Asian characters, many fans have been concerned that will happen again if a live-action Akira movie does ever happen. But when asked if he would cast Asian leads, Waititi insisted that he would ... IF he does end up directing Akira.
"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." Waititi later added that he meant "all" the books in the six-volume manga series.
With the assistance of an $18.5 million tax credit, the Warner Bros. release, which is not yet cast, is scheduled to shoot entirely in California over the course of 71 filming days, even though the futuristic film is set in Tokyo in the year 2060.
I have no interest in Akira, but I might just see this to pay tribute to Leonardo DiCaprio's stick-tuitiveness. Dude has been pursuing this for over a decade.