'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Taika Waititi Talks 'Akira' Remake And Whitewashing

'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Taika Waititi Talks 'Akira' Remake And Whitewashing

One potential gig is directing the long-stalled Akira live-action remake. Get Out director Jordan Peele was offered the project, but turned it down, saying he'd rather focus on an original story rather than a remake.

Sitting down with the late night talk show host to discuss his third and final Thor solo, Hemsworth got a few good minutes talking about what it was like working with Ragnarok co-star Mark Ruffalo and director Taika Waititi when Kimmel made a decision to shift the camera backstage to talk with the Hulk star.

I am...that was more or less a rumour. What is sure, is that I was in discussions to do so, and this is a subject that fascinates me really. "I would do an adaptation of the books". "I love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie". I would do an adaptation of the books... "And, yeah, so anyway there's been some chats [about directing it]".

It appears a big issue with the development of the live-action Akira is concern over accusations of whitewashing since the manga and anime are fundamentally Japanese. To make things even worse, the Ghost in the Shell remake included a scene where Johansson's character, a cyborg with a human brain, learns that in her past life she was, in fact, a Japanese woman. Previously proposed adaptations of Akira had a string of young Hollywood actors like Dane DeHaan, Garret Hedlund and Kristen Stewart attached - you may have noticed that all of them are white.

The unfortunate state of the current Hollywood studio system means "Akira" fans have every right to be anxious over whether or not the studio will whitewash the movie and cast caucasian actors in roles written for Japanese performers.

"Yeah. actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me", he told IGN, "and probably no, not, like no-name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent".

Waititi confirmed to the outlet that there have indeed been "talks" for him to helm Akira, but the director remained coy on whether the deal would go through: "I am-that was more or less a rumor".

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