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Taika Waititi has directed acclaimed indie films like BOY and WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, but his next project–THOR: RAGNARAK–is his biggest ever and it’s already receiving a lot of positive pre-release buzz.

With his status cemented as one of the IT filmmakers of the moment, Waititi has been rumored to be attached to a number of high-profile projects including the long gestating live-action version of the popular Japanese anime AKIRA.

Waititi recently confirmed to IGN that he has indeed been approached to direct the film, but hasn’t said if he’s accepted the gig. But if he were to take the reins, he made it clear he doesn’t intend to remake the landmark 1988 film.

“I actually love the books,” Waititi said. “I love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books.”

And another thing he wouldn’t do? Whitewash the characters.

“[Casting] 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,” he said. “Yeah, I’d probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books.”

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