According to Yahoo Movies, famed Mad Max director, George Miller, has declined the offer to work on the live-action “Akira” movie. Miller is quoted saying, “There was talk of it, but I’ve got so many things on my dance card, I don’t have the time to do everything.”
The Mad Max director also denies the reports stating that Akira had a direct influence on Fury Road:
“I don’t know where that came from. 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 adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s neo-Tokyo, cyberpunk, cult classic has been in the works for years, but whether or not fans are still excited is a different story. It’s become apparent that the anime industry is quickly growing, and along with that comes a trend of live-action adaptations becoming more and more popular; however, that doesn’t always mean a solid execution. Luckily for us, it look like there might be a strong team behind this project; with Leonardo DiCaprio slated to produce, and Marco J. Ramirez (Daredevil, Sons of Anarchy, Orange is the New Black) taking on the script-writing duties.