Jordan Peele, the comedian and actor who made his directorial debut with this year’s hit Get Out, will not direct the live-action Akira film.
The filmmaker had reportedly been in talks to helm the film.
Peele told William Bibbiani at Blumhouse:
“I think [I could do it] if the story justifies it. Akira is one of my favorite movies, and I think obviously the story justifies as big a budget as you can possibly dream of. But the real question for me is: Do I want to do pre-existing material, or do I want to do original content? At the end of the day, I want to do original stuff.”
Other directors reportedly in contention include Daniel Espinosa (Life) and David F. Sandberg (Lights Out).
Peele’s horror-comedy Get Out was a huge hit, making over $200 million off a $4.5 million budget, so it’s little wonder he was being considered for Akira, but considering how long it’s been in development hell, and how poorly Ghost in the Shell did at the box office, we think he’s making the right decision here.