Jeff Sneider, editor in chief of The Tracking Board website, reported on Wednesday that Warner Brothers is pursuing Jordan Peele (Get Out) to direct its dormant live-action Akira film, and talks have been “encouraging.”
Sneider reported on his Meet the Movie Press video podcast on Friday that Warner Brothers had also met with Daniel Espinosa (Life) and David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) as possible directors. Last June, Sneider reported that Warner Brothers was pursuing Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Star Trek Beyond), though he emphasized at the time that the news was not confirmed.
Mad Max film series director George Miller said in October that he had turned down an offer to work on the project.
In October 2011, Warner officially green-lit the film for director Jaume Collett-Serra (Unknown, Orphan, House of Wax). However, The Hollywood Reporter then posted that production had shut down in January 2012, before filming would have started. Warner had stalled the project to revise the script so it would be less costly. Collett-Serra said in February 2014 that he was still working on the project, but he then told the Collider website that there was no progress on the project as of March 2015.