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Warners want Fast & Furious’ Justin Lin to direct Akira live-action movie…

June 28th, 2016 by Marc Comments


One of the most on again, off again movies in Hollywood right now has to be Akira.

Based on the manga movie, Warners have been trying to get this movie off the ground for years but just when it looks like it’ll happen, it stumbles.

But now it looks like it’s on again.

We knew that a new version was being written by Daredevil’s Marco J Ramirez with talks that it was a planned trilogy, which it would need to be as the manga series – not the movie – is so big that one movie may not do it justice, the world of Neo-Tokyo itself almost needs a movie just to set it all up – think Matrix meets Blade-runner.

Now it looks like Warners have their sights set on Fast and Furious and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin.

And we have to say, we can certainly see this working.

In the latest episode of Meet The Movie Press (full video below) The Wrap’s reporter Jeff Sneider revealed that Warners are after Lin to direct.

While Akira is a Japanese movie/series, Lin is Taiwanese American, and the thoughts seem to be that a director of Asian background would be a natural fit for it.

Lin is currently prepping for Space Jam2, so that could be a complication.

The synopsis of the 1982 classic animated movie reads like so:

Welcome to 21st-century neo-Tokyo, a vast metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by an apocalyptic blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when dormant paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, who becomes a target for a shadowy government agency who will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like that which leveled Tokyo. At the core of their motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear of an unthinkable, monstrous power known only as…Akira.

What do you think? Is Lin the man for the gig? Should Akira be left alone? Let us know your thoughts…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….