Jordan Peele, up until recently has been best known for being half of Kay and Peele, is now best known for his hit horror flick Get Out, a 5 million dollar film that has grossed over 150 million dollars to date. Needless to say, the studios see him as very bankable and according to The Tracking Board, Warner Bros. is actively seeking Mr. Peele to direct their long awaited adaptation of the Manga Akira.
Yes, that Akira. The one that has been in development Hell for more years than I care to count. I remember years ago hearing that Leonardo DiCaprio would star as Kaneda and Joseph Gordon Levitt as Tetsuo and at an earlier point, I remember hearing Keanu Reeves was set to play the lead role. Now, who knows. It’s been so long, but apparently Leo’s company Appian Way is still set to produce (they acquired the rights back in 2008) along with Andrew Lazar (American Sniper). Netflix’s Daredevil writer and Producer Marco Ramirez wrote the last draft of the film, but there’s knowing if that is the version that would end up being filmed if Peele decides to helm the picture.
I think a Jordan Peel directed Akira could be the coolest damn thing.
Nothing is known about this current adaptation of Akira, but the last known synopsis was set in a future city environment called New Manhattan, the sci-fi epic follows the leader of a bike gang who must save his best friend, who has been experimented on by the government causing him to develop dangerous and destructive psychokinetic powers. So, who knows if that will change.