Recently, it was revealed that Warner Bros. had been approved for a California tax credit for their upcoming live-action adaptation of the epic manga/anime Akira, which would be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way who has been developing for the project for ages now.
Well, if the latest rumor from DiscussingFilm is true filming on Akira could begin as early as this summer. According to them, they believe that Taika Waititi has been locked-in to not only direct the science fiction action film but also co-write with screenwriter Michael Golamco. Also, they add that filming on Akira could begin as early as July 15th in Los Angeles, California. This would likely mean that casting is well underway and pre-production has already started months ago.
UPDATE: There seems to be some new information concerning Taika’s schedule which would suggest that a July production start might be impossible. 20th Century Fox just posted a photo of the Free Guy cast which includes Taika, who has a supporting role in the Shawn Leavy directed science fiction action film starring Ryan Reynolds that just began filming in Boston.
The main reason why this would conflict with a July production start is that as far as we know pre-production hasn’t started on Akira and there hasn’t been any casting news. It would be hard for Waititi to complete these tasks in two months in Los Angeles when he’s busy filming a major studio film on the East Coast. Akira is a massive movie on its own and would need at least 5-6 months of prep, along with an intense casting search as Taika promised to cast Asian kids in the lead roles.
— 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) May 14, 2019
Taika Waititi has finally got his ‘Akira’ adaption off the ground with plans to begin filming on July 15th in Los Angeles. Michael Golamco (‘Always Be My Maybe’) will also co-write the screenplay with Taika Waititi.
Warner Bros. has been spent over a decade trying to adapt the project for the big screen with multiple incarnations starring with Blade director Stephen Norrington back in 2002. The project hasn’t been without controversy as they once planned on casting mostly white actors for the Tokyo-set story and moving it to Manhattan.
Taika, on the other hand, has promised to cast Asian kids for the teenage leads.
While there is a good chance all this information is correct, Warner Bros. has yet to officially announce they’re moving forward with the project or if Waititi is indeed directing. We’ll treat as a rumor until there is an announcement.
In 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.
SOURCE: DISCUSSING FILM