Quick News: Akira, Predator, Toy, Girl, Quad

Akira
The live-action “Akira” film is still very much in development, but filmmaker Taika Waititi has revealed in a recent interview with Dazed that he’s very much focused on a new adaptation of the manga as opposed to a remake of the anime:

“I haven’t really started to get my head around it yet. What I wanted to do was an adaptation of the books, ‘cos a lot of people are like, ‘Don’t touch that film!’ and I’m like, ‘I’m not remaking the film, I want to go back to the book.’ A lot of the people freaking out haven’t even read the books, and there are six gigantic books to go through. It’s so rich. But (the anime) Akira is one of my favourite films; my mum took me to see it when I was 13 and it changed my life.”

The Predator
Following teases its coming this month, filmmaker Shane Black has now confirmed that the first trailer for his anticipated sequel “The Predator” from 20th Century Fox will have its debut at CinemaCon later this month in Las Vegas. The trailer will then afterwards be released in theaters, either very late April or more likely sometime in May with speculation now that it will be with the Fox’s “Deadpool” sequel in mid-May. [Source: Twitter]

Toy Story 4
Disney has finally set a release date for the long in development fourth film in the “Toy Story” franchise, confirming it has been set for June 21st 2019. Stephany Folsom (“Thor: Ragnarok”) penned the most recent script, taking over from actress/writer Rashida Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack. [Source: Twitter]

Hidden Girl
Ellen Shanman has been hired to pen a film adaptation of Ken Liu female-led, sci-fi thriller short story “The Hidden Girl”. The story is inspired by an ancient Chinese myth about a team of women assassins who are able to navigate between dimensions. The tone is said to be a mashup of “Interstellar” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. [Source: Deadline]

The Quad
Less than a week after its second season finale, BET has cancelled its Anika Noni Rose-led drama series “The Quad”. Rose played the new president of the fictional black college Georgia A&M University. Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Peyton Alex Smith, Jazz Raycole and Zoe Renee co-starred. [Source: Variety]