Because Warner Bros. still believes that there is a real need to turn Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga/anime classic “Akira” into a live-action Hollywood movie, they’ve now assigned “Unknown” director Jaume Collet-Serra to take over from Albert Hughes (of the Hughes brothers fame), who, for the longest time, was attached to direct … before he wasn’t anymore.
The Spanish director will work off a recent draft by “Harry Potter” writer Steve Kloves, turning Otomo’s futuristic tale of motorcycle street gangs, Government medical experiments, and mythical, superpowered beings to flesh and blood life.
The film is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, and if Warner Bros. really wants this thing to get made with the proper budget, they’ll convince him to do more than just slap his name on the credits, cause I just don’t see it happening anytime soon. As far as I know, all the “Akira” haters are still out there, and the studio has done absolutely nothing to ingratiate itself with them. (And of course, white-washing all the characters while stubbornly holding onto the original “Akira” title and keeping their Japanese names still makes absolutely no sense…)