“I actually love the books,” Waititi told IGN, teasing that his adaptation won’t be based on the landmark 1988 anime film. “I love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books.”
It sounds as though Waititi plans to make his adaptation based on the novelization of ‘Akira’ and not the 1988 film. Director Waititi also went on to shed some light on his idea of casting for the film. In light of recent fan backlash about Scarlett Johansson being cast as Major in the live action version of ‘Ghost in the Shell‘ Waititi had this to say:
“[Casting] 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,” he said. “Yeah, I’d probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books.”
‘Akira’ Plot SummaryIn 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo’s supernatural powers suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment’s secrets.