Warner’s live-action ‘Akira’ is back from the apocalypse!

"Akira" U.S. Theatrical Poster

"Akira" U.S. Theatrical Poster

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.

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11 Responses to Warner’s live-action ‘Akira’ is back from the apocalypse!

  1. So, what’s wrong with Joaquin Phoenix? Better actor than all of them. Haven’t you ever seen “I’m Still here”? lol

  2. ningen31 says:

    I like him, but isn’t he a little “old” for the part?

  3. OpiumKungFuCracker says:

    John Cho could use this role….

  4. martha says:

    As a white person, I’m insulted that Hollywood thinks I can’t handle watching an Asian actor for 120 minutes.

    As a hetero woman, I’m disappointed that Hollywood’s passing up yet another chance to spotlight an attractive Asian guy… (I don’t care if he’s too old for the role, I would go see John Cho’s fine self in this in a heartbeat).

  5. PG? Not even PG-13? The anime was R FFS!

    • ningen31 says:

      Actually, it was only Rated R by the MPAA in the last decade. When Streamline had it, they had a warning label of ages 13+. And technically, Akira’s got no more worse violence than Princess Mononoke, which *did* get a PG-13. But Geneon and Bandai don’t have Disney’s deep pockets, so…Same deal with Vampire Hunter: Bloodlust, btw.

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  8. Jeremy says:

    The dark Knight is pg13 so a slightly less badass film could still be pretty awesome. A lower rating doesn’t mean it can’t be smart and exciting but it does require a good director who knows what their doing.

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