Breaking news out of Hollywood that the long rumoured live action version of anime classic, to say the least, Akira has finally been greenlit and will be going ahead. Warner Bros., is the studio tasked with bringing Katsushiro Otomo’s cyber punk tale to life with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, handling the producing duties.
Trade magazine, Variety, posted this in a recent edition, “Set in New Manhattan, the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments.”
The project is now on its second director with the original director, Albert Hughes, leaving due to “creative differences”. New director, Jaume Collett-Serra, has previously tackled Unknown, House of Wax and Orphan. The film has a budget of $90 million and will have a development team helmed by Andrew Lazar, who has recently worked on Jonah Hex, Get Smart and Space Cowboys.
No news on who will be acting or taking any of the roles but we can only hope that that Hollywood doesn’t take a classic and not do honour to the source material. We have our fingers crossed!