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Jordan Peele may direct the live-action Akira movie


Ghost in the Shell has hit UK cinemas today (read our review) so it is no surprise to hear that there is talk once more about the live-action Akira adaptation.

It has been off and on for years – Jaume Collet-Serra was attached at one point to direct Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart – and nobody really seemed to want it. However, this piece of news, via the Tracking Board, is rather interesting.

Warner Bros. are apparently eager to get Jordan Peele on-board to direct it. The huge success he has had with Get Out (read our review) means he is so hot right now and it shows he has got a great future behind the camera. That film had a budget of under $5 million and has so far taken $150 million. There is also a rumour he may be being considered to direct The Flash.

I saw the live-action Ghost In The Shell film today and I really did enjoy it. Visually stunning and with great performances from all involved. It certainly made me feel that a live-action version of Akira could actually work. However, I was always a much bigger fan of the anime Akira than Ghost In The Shell so I am still very wary about remaking it.

Peele has shown he can deal with racial themes extremely well with Get Out, so that could help with any potential problems that casting Akira could have. That has always been one of the bugbears when a live-action version has been talked about in the past.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is producing Akira with Andrew Lazar (American Sniper). Marco Ramirez (Netflix’s Daredevil) wrote the most recent draft of the script, though it’s expected that Peele would do his own pass should he close a deal.

However, we often see very talented directors make brilliant low budget movies were they had a lot of control, only to see them wither and die when they quickly get picked up to direct a big budget action spectacular. Josh Trank going from Chronicle to Fantastic Four is a prime example.

I would personally like to see Peele make a few more low budget movies, and do them really well, so he has a cracking back catalogue before going up to the big budget films.

What are your thoughts on Peele directing Akira?

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