THE MOVIE: A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop. A big screen adaptation of Katsuhiro Ohtomo’s popular anime Akira has been stuck in development hell for some time. Read the updates below for details.
Updates: Keanu Reeves, James Franco, Garrett Hedlund, Robert Pattinson, James McAvoy, Andrew Garfield, Chris Pine, Michael Fassbender, Justin Timerlake, Joaquin Phoenix, Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart, Ezra Miller, Alden Eherenreich, D.J. Cotrona, Logan Marshal Green, Toby Kebbell, Richard Madden, Rami Malek, Michael Pitt, Paul Dano, Alden Ehrenreich and Ken Watanabe have all been considered for roles. Some have dropped out, others are still attached.
Variety reports that Warner will rework the script and then decide whether or not to continue. | Chris Nolan’s brother Jonathan is attached to a rewrite. | Leonardo DiCaprio (Growing Pains) is producing, along with Jennifer Davisson Killoran (Orphan) and Andrew Lazar (Jonah Hex). | Due to creative differences, Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) left the project.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra is now attached to direct with hopes that it will be his next film after wrapping up Run All Night. Now that he has done Unknown and Non-Stop, he says: “the powers that be are interested.” | Marco J. Ramirez, the scribe who will be co-showrunning the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil, will write Akira, the Warner Bros. long-in-the-works adaptation of the Japanese manga classic.
BREAKING NEWS: According to Collider (via DOG), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) will be somewhat involved with Akira, which is reportedly now planned as a “trilogy”. This should come as no surprise, considering Nolan’s brother, Jonathan, was hired earlier on to re-write the script.