The long-delayed project, Akira, is back in motion with Spanish film maker Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown) in talks to direct. Collet-Serra was previously attached to the film until production was put on hold in January of last year due to budget concerns.
Akira is a remake of the cult-classic animated film and Japanese Manga of the same name. The sci-fi tale follows a futuristic biker gang in a dystopian Tokyo, with the American version set in Manhattan. The project has been in and out of development for over a decade with Warner Brothers buying the rights in 2002 and Leonardo Dicaprio signing on to produce with his company Appian Way in 2008.
Oscar-nominated short-film director, Ruari Robinson, was the first person attached to direct with a script from Gary Witta (Book of Eli) before production was halted in 2009. The project was revived months later with Albert Hughes (Book of Eli) directing and Iron Man scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Otsby handling the screenplay. After “creative differences” with the studio, Hughes dropped out and Collet-Serra jumped on board with Garret Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) as the lead.
After a year of rewrites to bring the budget back down, it appears that we may finally get to see the live action version after all.