Jordan Peele’s Get Out is now the highest grossing film with an original screenplay, so it comes as no surprise that offers for his next project are flooding in.
It looks like Peele’s next film might be Warner Bros. long-awaited Akira. Based on the widely loved 1980’s Japenese graphic novel, the film follows two telekinetic brothers in rival biker gangs. The already has a anime version which premiered back in 1988 and the live-action version of Akira has been in the works for nearly 15 years
The film almost hit the big screen back in 2011 with Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe, and Helena Bonham Carter in the starring roles. However, Warner Bros shoved it back on the shelf when budgeting, casting, and script issues sent the production into a tizzy.
In 2015, fans had hoped Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio would resurrect the film by bringing in Daredevil writer Marco J. Ramirez to get the script in order. DiCaprio is still on board to produce the film, and it looks like the Titanic star has his eye on Jordan Peele to bring the movie to the big screen.
Get Out has grossed $140 million dollars so far and counting, making Peele the first Black writer/director to pass the $100 million dollar mark with his feature film debut. Since he obviously gets the nuances of race, Peele probably won’t fall into the same trap as those involved with Marvel’s Iron Fist or Ghost in the Shell both projects have been accused of whitewashing their characters. Still, Akira is not a shoe in for Peele who has been vocal about getting other horror projects that he has written to the big screen. Whoever does get their hands on Akira, we hope that they pave the way for Japenese actors to get their shine.
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