Taika Waititi says new Akira won't be white-washed

  • 12/10/2017
Taika Waititi says new Akira won't be white-washed, confirms he's in talks for directing.
Taika Waititi at the world premiere of Thor: Ragnarok Photo credit: Getty

Taika Waititi has confirmed that he has been in talks to direct an American take on Japanese classic Akira, and assured fans it won't be "white-washed".

The Boy filmmaker made the comments at the world premiere of Thor: Ragnarok, his first major Hollywood movie.

Waititi told IGN he's "passionate" about the new Akira, adding he hasn't officially signed on to direct it - but insisted if he does, there won't be white actors playing the Asian characters.

"Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably not, like no name, [but] unfound, untapped talent," he said.

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople director also said if he does the movie, it'll be a new adaptation of the original comics which the hit 1988 animated film was based on.

"I actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie."

Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok opens in New Zealand later this month.