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Director Taika Waititi’s Akira finally has a release date

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New Zealand director Taika Waititi did an exceptional job making Thor a fan-favourite Avenger, but now he’s set his sights on the world of anime.

It’s been announced that the famed director’s live-action adaptation of the cult-hit anime flick Akira will be on the silver screen by May 21, 2021.

In an interview with IGN, before he was officially given the role, Taika didn’t want to just remake the iconic animated film.

As a fan of manga, he stated he would try stick with the manga material rather than the movie, along with focusing on casting Asian leads. That was then, so who knows what other plans he has up his sleeves.

Arguably the best anime movie of all time, (maybe because it was also the most expensive at the time, with a budget of ¥1.1 billion – that’s about AED37 million) rumours of the live-action remake have been circling the internet since 2002.

Numerous directors had been rumoured, including Christopher Nolan and Jordan Peele, but Taika came out supreme.

The original came out back in 1988, directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo. If you haven’t watched it yet, jump it to the top of your watch list.

That’s not the only remake of sorts announced, as Chris Rock is rebooting the Saw franchise. Didn’t expect that, eh?

Needless to say, the hype is real.

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