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Half-White Director Taika Waititi Discusses Being True To Japanese Source Material

Written by Tim Midura on Wednesday, October 11 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Half-White Director Taika Waititi Discusses Being True To Japanese Source Material

He'll only white-wash half the movie.


Source: IGN

Taika Waititi confirmed that he's in talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Akira, but played coy on any details.

"I am -- that was more or less a rumor. There was, I mean, I was in talks to do that, for sure, and something that I was very passionate about -- am passionate about."

Waititi said he's not interested in remaking that classic movie and that he would want to adapt the original manga source material instead.

"I actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books," Waititi said, adding, "And, yeah, so anyway there's been some chats [about him directing it]."

He also said that IF he does direct, he would cast Asian leads.

"Yeah. actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent. Yeah, I'd probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books."

Waititi, who is of Russian-Jewish and Maori descent, EXXXCLUSIVELY told The Outhouse he would only be able to white-wash half the movie, as he's only half-white himself.





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