“Unknown” director Jaume Collet-Serra was the last man attached to direct Warner Bros.’ live-action version of the popular Japanese manga/anime “Akira”, before he bailed for greener pastures. Now it looks like he’s back, and the adaptation is back on, and could potentially start production as early as 2014. Of course, we’ve all heard this before…
Long accused of white-washing the original source material (while, inexplicably, still using the character’s original Japanese names for some unfathomable reason), “Akira” has gone through plenty of directors in its time, with every “hot” actor rumored for one role or another. The film never really got off the ground, even though millions were spent on concept artwork and the like, and at one point a budget-shy studio wanted a drastically smaller film.
Now the trades are reporting that Collet-Serra, who recently directed “Non-Stop” with his buddy Liam Neeson, has plans to return to “Akira” once he finishes the crime drama “Run All Night”, also with Neeson. (I guess you could say Collet-Serra is in the Neeson business.)
Warner Bros. has been trying to get the film off the ground for a while now, and they apparently really like Collet-Serra’s idea.
“Akira” would be a remake of Katsuhiro Ohtomo’s manga/anime of the same name. The remake will be set in New Manhattan, where we’re told “the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments.”
Via : Variety