Appearing as Guest of Honour at the Angouleme comics festival in Paris, Katsuhiro Otomo, the original creator of Akira and Steamboy, gave his attended audience of manga, anime and sci-fi fans alike a pleasant shock. When posed a question about the likelihood of his return to the tortured landscape of Akira for a future screen adaptation, he replied that one was already in the works.
This news is coming through the French source Manga News reporting on the words of a Japanese-speaking artist, but assuming that nothing’s been misunderstood, Otomo revealed that an Akira TV series is in its very early stages at a press conference last weekend. Apart from the fact that it’s “under study”, he couldn’t say anything more, leaving plenty of room for fans to enjoy speculating on what could be.
For now, we’re not even sure if it’s an anime or live-action adaptation, if it’s in development or just being discussed, but either way it seems likely we’ll be waiting for a good while yet. It might be that it’s being planned for the movie’s 30th anniversary in 2018, or even further ahead for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, an event Otomo predicted in the manga set in 2019. But here’s hoping we’ll hear some more news from Neo-Tokyo before much longer.