George Miller Turned Down The “Akira” Reboot

It turns out a DC cinematic universe film like “Man of Steel 2” isn’t the only project that Warner Bros. Pictures offered filmmaker George Miller in the wake of the success of “Mad Max: Fury Road”.

Speaking with Yahoo, Miller confirmed that Warners did ask him about taking the helm of the long-gestating live-action “Akira” film. Miller however declined due to being too busy: “There was talk of it, but I’ve got so many things on my dance card, I don’t have the time to do everything. “

Some fans have pointed out some similarities between “Akira” and ‘Fury Road’, to the point that they are claiming Miller’s film is inspired by it. Miller was asked about this to which he responded: “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.”

Marco Ramirez (“Daredevil,” “Sons of Anarchy”) is currently writing the script for “Akira” which currently has no cast or director attached.