"I would do an adaptation of the books", Waititi said.
The upcoming Hellboy reboot was also accused of whitewashing after casting Ed Skrein as Benjamin Daimio, a character of mixed Asian heritage. Waititi did stress, though, that if he made the film, it would be less of a remake of the 1998 anime film and more of an adaptation of "all" six volumes of the manga.
Looks like the lads - Chris Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo and Taika Waititi - are all getting warmed together for the red carpet - very cute! There's a history of U.S. adaptations of manga and anime casting white actors as characters originally intended to be Japanese. Filmmakers such as George Miller, Stephen Norrington, Jaume Collet-Serra and - most recently - Jordan Peele have been approached or worked on different versions, which have ranged from an epic, two-part adaptation, to a more cost-effective version that Collet-Serra developed.
The indie favorite behind "Boy" and "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is earning strong reviews for his first American blockbuster, the Marvel superhero film "Thor: Ragnarok", and he's staying in the studio game for "Akira". One potential gig is directing the long-stalled Akira live-action remake. "I love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie".
"There was a lot of improvisation on the day so who knows if it's going to remain in there or not, I don't know", House explained. "And, yeah, so anyway there's been some chats". "Yeah, I'd probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books".
Warner Bros. has been developing a live-action movie of the Akira anime for years now, but Waititi said he's not interested in remaking that classic movie. That's saying nothing about past attempts like The Fist Of The North Star, The Last Airbender and Dragonball: Evolution either.
Taika Waititi's next directorial project is expected to be the World War II dramedy Jojo Rabbit, which reportedly begins filming next spring.
You'd think enough fans have yelled at Hollywood over its whitewashing sins already, but the industry still manages to flub up hard.