Newswire: It’s Rumor Time: Is Jordan Peele in talks to direct Akira?

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Get Out is a bona fide phenomenon, a massive critical and commercial success that made history as the first debut film by a black writer-director to gross $100 million. So it makes sense that executives would be clamoring to suck that writer-director, Jordan Peele, up into the jet engine of the blockbuster studio system. But there’s still reason to look askance at a new rumor out of CinemaCon—where Peele will receive the Director of the Year award later today—that Peele is currently in talks to direct Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of Akira.

The rumor originated with The Tracking Board, which last week was reporting that Life’s Daniel Espinosa and Lights Out’s David F. Sandberg were in the running for the job. (Before that, the site touted Justin Lin as a frontrunner.) Now the site says that Peele is Warner Bros.’ top pick, based on …