If the words "fast" and "furious" apply to another saga, it's Akira. Katsuhiro Otomo's epic manga and equally epic 1988 anime movie has been crying out for a live-action remake for a long time now, and with Ghost in the Shell, Bleach and Death Note also slated for live-action reboots, it seems the movie market is ripe. If only we could find the right director, one with an eye for high-octane, tire-shredding duels.
A live-action Akira reboot has been vaguely "in the works" for a long time, with horror/action director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, The Shallows), beloved mind-fucker Christopher Nolan and fan favorite George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) all rumored to helm the project at some point. However, latest word from MTMP podcast is that the man behind Fast and Furious 3–6, Justin Lin, is set to inject some NOS into the upcoming Akira. The project could do with some fresh blood: The live-action Akira movie has been festering in development hell for the last 14 years.
If you're unfamiliar with the futuristic plot of Akira, here's the official synopsis:
Welcome to 21st-century neo-Tokyo, a vast metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by an apocalyptic blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when dormant paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, who becomes a target for a shadowy government agency who will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like that which leveled Tokyo. At the core of their motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear of an unthinkable, monstrous power known only as…Akira.
The original Akira manga was written by Katsuhiro Otomo over the course of eight years and is six chunky volumes long, so fans are expecting a trilogy of movies to provide enough time for the epic saga to unfold. With Akira "courting" Justin Lin (hopefully the old-fashioned way with flowers and serenades as he pines on his balcony) let's pray that the live-action reboot is a more viable prospect.