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Imagine Jordan Peele Directing ‘Akira,’ Now Stop Because It’s Not Happening

Following the success of Get Out, Jordan Peele was well on his way to becoming James Cameron. He was tabbed as the next director of Akira, a Warner Brothers film that has taken years to get off the ground.

However, Peele turned down the chance to direct Akira. And he had a pretty good reason:

“I think [I could do it] if the story justifies it,” Peele said. “AKIRA is one of my favorite movies, and I think obviously the story justifies as big a budget as you can possibly dream of. But the real question for me is: Do I want to do pre-existing material, or do I want to do original content? At the end of the day, I want to do original stuff.”

I think Dave Chappelle would disagree that Jordan Peele likes doing original stuff, but I admire Peele for his quote. It seems like Hollywood is remaking or rebooting anything and everything nowadays, so when you see someone wanting to do original, you have to respect it.

Peele’s next project will be “another social thriller” with a $25 million budget, which is over five times as much as the $4.5 million budget he had for Get Out.

I’m sure Akira will be fine. Sure, the movie was announced five years ago and it’s yet to leave the lot, but people can’t keep coming up with original ideas forever. Sooner or later, we’ll run out of original ideas and the world will just be one big remake.

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