Harry Potter Writer Hops Onboard Akira Live-Action Movie

Apparently Warner Bros. hasn’t given up on adapting Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Akira” just yet, because they’ve just shelled out some bucks to bring over “Harry Potter” writer Steve Kloves, who adapted seven of the eight “Potter” films to the big screen, to do some work on their live-action “Akira” movie.

Albert Hughes of the Hughes Brothers has been attached to direct the film for a while now, though no stars have emerged along with, apparently, a script that the studio is happy with. Leonardo DiCaprio has also been attached as producer for the longest time, and if he really wants this thing to get made in our lifetime with the right budget (i.e. a huge ass budget) he’ll also sign on to star. That doesn’t look like it’s happening, though, as ol Leo has been on something of a producing binge the last few years with most of those projects never seeing the light of day. I guess he just really likes attaching his name to stuff that doesn’t get made.

Time will tell if “Akira” actually ever gets made, or becomes yet another one of those “everyone wants to make, but no one could get it done” films that languishes for decades in development hell.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Kloves has had alot of experience adapting a much loved franchise from one medium to another, and its been successful experience at that. I think if anyone may be able to make this work, it’s him. That said he’d better do his homework. I was trying to think of a way to adpat “The Dark Knight Returns” for one of DC’s animated films, but it was pretty hard. Got mostly through it though, but alas some things had to fall by the wayside. Such is the proscess of adapting something from one art form to another.

  • super-ramen

    I say adapt the book into a cable network series with barely any short cuts in the storyline.

    • titan elite

      the Original was a movie, I don’t see why they couldn’t have a live action movie with the same amount of material. A series would be dumb because they would then add a bunch of stuff.

      • super-ramen

        the original was a manga.

  • B-Flash

    This was the first Anime I saw, so please dont mess it up.

  • Anonymous

    What’s it going to take to kill this project? A Goddamn stake through the heart?