The much awaited adaptation of live-action classic Japanese anime “Akira” is finally getting up and running for a kick start by Warner Bros. Read on to know more details.
After such long wait, Warner Bros. has finally announced that the scribe behind the second season of Netflix’s “Daredevil,” Marco J. Ramirez will be penning the script for the adaptation, reports THR.
Ever since Warner acquired the title rights in 2008, there have been a lot of ups and downs with several writers, directors and stars attached to the project for various stages. Though the movie came close to fabrication in 2012, when Jaume Collet-Serra, the director of “House of Wax,” was in dialogue with various Hollywood actors, including Kristen Stewart, Garett Hedlund, Ken Watanabe, and Helena Bonham-Carter, but nothing turned fruitful. But now Andrew Lazar and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way will finally produce the adaptation.
According to Screen Crush reports, director Jaume Collet-Serra quit the live action “Akira” movie as Warner wanted him to finish the film but slashed the “budget in half, taking it down to $60 million.” After Jaume left the project, it was rumored that Warner approached to directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who made their “Paranormal Activity 3 and 4” series on a low budget.
The original manga, “Akira” created by Otomo Katsuhiro, ran throughout the 1980’s and was developed into a sci-fi animated feature in 1988. The story was set in a post-nuclear apocalypse of Neo-Tokyo, where two brothers both in biker gang members turned against each other after one begins to abuse his newly acquired telekinetic powers.
Although the release date for “Akira” hasn’t yet been revealed by Warner Bros., as there are a lot of components that need to be get oriented before the filming starts, it seems like there is a little hope of the Japanese adaptation returning to big screen soon.
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