Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Orphan) has been hired to direct the film adaptation of Akira according to THR.
Akira is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Steve Kloves (Harry Potter films, the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man) has written the most recent script.
The project has been in development with several writers and directors attached since Warner Brothers gained the rights to the property back in 2008. Most recently Albert Hughes dropped out of the directing gig after citing creative differences with the studio. Also, before Hughes dropped out, Keanu Reeves left the project after being attached to play the lead for quite some time.
Akira will be based on the Japanese magma of the same name. Written by Katsuhiro Otomo, the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo and follows friends Tetsuo and Kaneda. Kaneda is a bike gang leader who gets involved with a resistance organization who plot acts of terrorism against the government. All the while Tetsuo, a member of another bike crew gains psychic powers which attracts the attention of the government and he becomes involved with a covert government project, called Akira. A bloody battle eventually ensues when Kaneda sets out out save his best friend.
Akira was made into a anime film in 1988 by it’s original author, Katsuhiro Otomo.
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