Jordan Peele 'glad' to have snubbed Akira remake

Jordan Peele is "glad" that he didn't direct the 'Akira' remake.

The 43-year-old filmmaker was approached by Warner Bros. to direct a live-action remake of Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 anime but admits that he ultimately declined the offer as he felt he would struggle to faithfully recreate the story.

Jordan told the Happy Sad Confused podcast: "It's a project I'm so passionate about. I'm glad I didn't do it because I feel like... staying away from that, trying to interpret that IP just set me on the path to create something new.

"But I want to see Neo-Tokyo. I want to see an all-Japanese cast. I want to feel immersed in the world, the way of the films in the manga."

The 'Get Out' director has made similar comments about the project in the past and stressed that his desire to make original film and TV projects outweighs his passion for anime.

Speaking in 2017, Jordan said: "I think (I could do it) if the story justifies it. 'Akira' is one of my favourite movies, and I think obviously the story justifies as big a budget as you can possibly dream of.