After directing Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller has become an insanely hot property. He’s been linked to practically every DC superhero movie without a director (from Justice League Dark to Man of Steel 2), and he’s now revealed yet another project that was offered to him – a live-action remake of seminal anime movie Akira.
“There was talk of it,” the director told Yahoo! Movies. “But I’ve got so many things on my dance card, I don’t have the time to do everything.”
Akira might seem like a good fit for car-chase expert Miller – a dystopian biker gang Manga that involves telekinetic superbeings – but the director claims the 1988 original had no influence over his Mad Max series.
“I’m a huge fan of anime and the precision of that and to some degree Manga, even though I don’t read Japanese, but just the aesthetic of it. So Akira might have been one of the many movies but it certainly wasn’t one that directly influenced Mad Max.”
A live-action version of Akira remains in development purgatory, with Christopher Nolan at Warner Bros. being the most recently linked to the project. Leonardo DiCaprio remains attached to produce, and the latest report was to adapt the source Manga as a movie trilogy.