Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi reportedly in negotiations to helm Akira

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Mar 25, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT (Updated)

The long-discussed Akira live-action remake is heating up yet again, this time with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi in negotiations to helm the big-screen adaptation.

Rumblings of a Warner Bros. adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga/anime cyberpunk classic have been doing the rounds for over 15 years now, and had most recently been linked to Jordan Peele following the success of his horror smash, Get Out.

Deadline's latest report could certainly be an interesting and exciting choice for the studio. New Zealand-born director and actor Waititi -- who also plays no less than three characters in Thor: Ragnarok -- was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2004 short film Two Cars, One Night.

Apparently the studio intends to make two movies from the six volumes of Akira source material, with both films each based on three volumes respectively. There has already been an animated version of the manga series, from creator Otomo himself, back in 1988.

Let’s just hope that Warner Bros. has taken notes from the much-maligned, other high-profile anime adaptation, Ghost in the Shell, and gets the players just right. Although previous casting murmurs for the lead role of Tetsuo have included names such as Dane DeHaan and Michael Pitt (as well as supporting players including Kristin Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter. Yikes.)

If the movie stays faithful to the original series, we’ll see the film’s action kick off in 1988 when the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. Particularly with our anti-hero Tetsuo Shima, who rapidly develops powerful, psychic abilities.

Do you think Waititi's the right man for the job? And who do you think should be cast in the movie? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.