Warner Bros. is going to reactivate a project that has been long postponed: a live action for Katsuhiro Otom’s Akira.
According to The Tracking Board, the company is in talks with Jordan Peele, director of Get Out, trying to convince him to direct the project.
Peele debuted this year as film maker, with Get Out, a horror movie full of social critic and psychological background, that was well recived by the critics. Just the kind of profile we expect for someone to direct a film like this.
Akira is a classic story from manga and animated japanese movies. Here’s a brief synopsis:
Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo’s supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira’s secrets were buried 30 years ago.
We’ll be expecting more detail about this film.