Justin Lin makes awesome movies, most notable many of the Fast and Furious films, such as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift through Fast & Furious 6. He’s even behind this summer’s Star Trek Beyond, which looks infinitely better than its predecessors.
What’s next for him? Possibly the long-gestured adaptation of Akira, according to the MTMP Podcast, who says Warner Bros. is “courting” the filmmaker.
While nothing is confirmed, this would be quite the revival for the franchise that’s been in development hell since 2002.
The last we heard was last September when it was being reported that Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Inception) had been rumored to be involved in the project that’s being handled by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, and the script being written by Marco J. Ramirez (“Sons of Anarchy”).
Akira was originally a six-volume manga written by Katsuhiro Otomo, so a trilogy would really allow the movies to dive into the stories rather than try to squeeze everything into one film.
In the Manga, “A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.”
Lin’s ability to direct action set pieces on the level of the Fast and Furious films make him a phenomenal fit for the Akira adaptation, which once had Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to star as Tetsuo.