The long-in-gestation live action remake of Akira might just get a substantial boost this weekend, if the Paramount-backed new take on Ghost In The Shell hits box office gold. A Hollywood version of Akira has been under discussion for some time now, with Warner Bros getting close at one stage, then backing away over the cost of the project. The closest it got saw director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) in the director’s chair, with Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart set to star, before the plug was pulled late in the day.
Now, though, Warner Bros looks like it’s having another go at getting the project together, and a new report from The Tracking Board suggests that Jordan Peele is the studio’s top choice to direct the movie. Peele is the man behind the superb Get Out, that’s outgrossed, for instance, Fifty Shades Darker and continues to pull in tickets and critical acclaim.
Talks have reportedly taken place between Peele and Warner Bros, but that’s as far as things have gone thus far. Peele has already spoken of up to four more movies that he’s planning to make, so it may be that his docket is already full.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more. This is still in the early stages, but we’ll be watching those Ghost In The Shell box office returns with interest…