George Miller also discusses influence of classic sci-fi
Hot off the success of Fury Road, Mad Max series director George Miller is being linked to a lot of big Hollywood projects. Apparently, given time constraints, the long-in-development live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's sci-fi classic Akira will not be one of them. Talking to Yahoo Movies UK, Miller explained his relationship with the project and the original work.
“There was talk of it [the live action ‘Akira’],” he said to Yahoo Movies UK, “But I’ve got so many things on my dance card, I don’t have the time to do everything.”
Asked about the notion that he previously pointed to Akira as an influence on his work, Miller said “Actually, I didn’t [say ‘Akira’ was an influence on ‘Fury Road’], I don’t know where that came from."
“I’m a huge fan of anime and the precision of that and to some degree Manga, even though I don’t read Japanese, but just the aesthetic of it. So ‘Akira’ might have been one of the many movies but it certainly wasn’t one that directly influenced ‘Mad Max’.”