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Taika Waititi Would Not Whitewash Akira

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Director Taika Waititi has been in talks to direct the live-action movie of the cult classic Akira. Warner Bros has been trying to adapt the Anime based on manga of the same name for years. Now it seems that the Thor: Ragnarok director could be the one to bring it to life.

IGN asked the director during a press junket if he was going to direct Akira. “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.” said Waititi “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].”

There has been a lot of backlash with Hollywood whitewashing from Exodus to Ghost In The Shell. Warner Bros. has been trying to get the property off the ground with white actors rumored for previous versions, Tobey Mcguire, Leonardo DiCapro, and Garrett Hedlund were all set to play the roles of Japanese characters.

Waititi said he would not white wash any of characters. “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 later added that he meant “all” the books in the six-volume manga series.

VIA: IGN

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Lebron James’ Space Jam Sequel Officially Happening

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The long-rumored Space Jam sequel finally has been greenlit.

Lebron James will star and produce the film with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. Warner Bros has the film slated for a 2019 release.

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” says James, “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”

No word yet on other NBA stars joining the cast.

VIA: THR

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Michael B. Jordan Says Creed II Is About More Than Revenge

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Michael B. Jordan is ready to entire the ring again in Creed II.

In the sequel, Adonis Creed will go toe to toe against the son of Ivan Drago. Jordan spoke about Victor Drago’s motivation in the film.

“Victor’s storyline is very layered,” Jordan told the Toronto Sun. “The two guys are similar in a lot of ways…Adonis feels, naturally, a certain animosity towards Viktor and Ivan, and then there are other themes in there: the maturity of growth, the importance of family, of legacy, is what makes Creed so special. It’s not just about revenge.”

When asked if he would be willing to carry on as Adonis Creed for four decades, similar to Stallone, Jordan said he’s definitely up for it.

“If I’m lucky. I want to keep making them as long as they’re good,” he said. “I always want to keep my finger on the pulse. Forty two years, I mean, who knows?”

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Captain Marvel: Watch The First Trailer

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Marvel finally released trailer for Captain Marvel.

Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who gains superpowers after her DNA is fused with that of an alien following an accident, in the 1990s-set Captain Marvel. It will be the first Marvel solo film to focus on a female character.

Larson spoke to EW about what attracted her to the character. “She can’t help but be herself,” Larson tells EW. “She can be aggressive, and she can have a temper, and she can be a little invasive and in your face. She’s also quick to jump to things, which makes her amazing in battle because she’s the first one out there and doesn’t always wait for orders. But the [not] waiting for orders is, to some, a character flaw.”

Captain Marvel flys into theaters March 6, 2019.

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