Warner Bros. is dusting off its Akira movie and setting its sights on Taika Waititi to direct. According to Deadline, the studio is in negotiations with the Thor: Ragnarok helmer to bring Katsuhiro Otomo‘s seminal manga to the big screen in a two-part live-action adaptation produced by Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance and Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way.
Akira takes place in dystopian metropolis Neo-Tokyo in 2019 and follows the lives of two friends and members of a bike gang, Tetsuo Shima and Shōtarō Kaneda. After an accidental encounter with a government experiment into harnessing psychic potential, Tetsuo grows mad with power and Kaneda rises up to stop him.
The planned adaptation would take the action from Neo-Tokyo to “a rebuilt New Manhattan,” but otherwise follow the plot of 6-volume manga and the 1988 adult animated movie adaptation.