For a man born before the end of World War II (back in March 1945, natch), director George Miller is beginning to do a pretty great impression of the next bright young thing.
With his Mad Max: Fury Road seemingly set to completely revolutionize the way Hollywood makes action movies - for a summer or two, at least - the Australian movie legend has somehow managed to step out of the shoes of a respected elder statesman of cinema, and into those of the hottest property in movie-dom: a role rarely offered to anyone over the age of 35.
The best part? He's showing absolutely no signs of doing anything other than exactly what he wants, reportedly turning down his choice of a DC superhero movie over at Warner Bros. in favor of working on a low-budget project of his own choosing, and continuing work on an upcoming Mad Max sequel.
There are, however, certain downsides to Miller's reluctance to join a major Hollywood movie (that he didn't develop himself). Specifically:
It Seems Miller Just Turned Down the Chance to Direct a Live-Action Version of Akira
Which, considering his penchant for eye-shattering action, vehicular destruction and post-apocalyptic grandeur, would have seemed to be almost as perfect a match as that time Steven Spielberg and George Lucas decided to make a movie about a whip-wielding archaeologist.
According to Miller, though, while speaking to Yahoo recently:
"There was talk of it [the live action Akira]...But I’ve got so many things on my dance card, I don’t have the time to do everything."
Which...is actually kind of a massive downer, seeing as he could well have proven to be one of the few directors capable of pulling off as daunting an endeavor as a live-action Akira remake.
Intriguingly, though, Miller also took the time to note that:
Despite Past Rumors, Akira WASN'T a Major Influence on Mad Max: Fury Road
As he put it, after being asked about earlier comments (attributed to him) that suggested Akira was a major inspiration for Fury Road:
"Actually, I didn’t [say Akira was an 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."
Which, odds are, had absolutely nothing to do with his ultimate decision to turn down the (Warner Bros. produced) live-action take on Akira - but it's an interesting point nonetheless...
Though, possibly not quite interesting enough to distract us from the sad thought that a Miller-directed Akira is now pretty much completely off the table..
The big question now?
What do you reckon?