Only last week, July 21, 2017 was announced as the release date for Christopher Nolan‘s next film – a major surprise, as there was no previous announcement he was planning a new film, aside from a short documentary about puppeteers The Quay Brothers to be shown at the New York Film Festival later this month. Today, excitement has reached fever pitch, as he has joined Warner Bros. long-gestating live-action adaptation of Japanese manga Akira as a producer.
It hasn’t yet been confirmed whether he is taking the director’s chair for what is rumoured to be the first chapter of a brand new trilogy, but given his previous experience with making masterpieces from comic book material, we can only hope. This adaptation has been in development since 2008, with the most recent director involved being Jaume Collet-Serra, the director behind Liam Neeson action movies Non-Stop and Unknown.
Nolan is clearly a far more inspired choice behind the camera. The only problem here is that the Japanese anime adaptation of Akira from 1988 is one of the best animated films of all time- Nolan, or whoever winds up in the directors chair, has their work cut out for them to try and better it.