Yaaah? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros has jump started production for their live action adaptation of Akira…again. This time with Marvel’s Netflix Daredevil showrunner Marco J. Ramirez on scripting duties. This should come as no real surprise as Warner Bros has been dying to get a live action Akira on the big screen, the manga is probably one of the most popular of all time and the anime movie is a cult classic and one of rapper Kayne West’s favorite films of all time (I’m not joking).
A while back Warner Bros has hired Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta to pen the script for the adaptation which would had been directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Run All Night) with Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy), Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) and Helena Bonham Carter (The Lone Ranger) all in talks for the lead roles, but script and budget issues led to the plug being pulled.
Many considered the project dead after the major success of Chronicle, a 2012 found footage science fiction film that “word has hit” borrowed heavily from both Akira and Carrie as far as influences on narrative and character structure, but I guess all that film did was just wet Warner Bros appetite and persistence to get this project off the ground and running.
I have no real judgment on this, I haven’t read the manga or seen the anime (I know, I know for shame) but I have read the Wikipedia synopsis. Other than that I have no real qaulms about this project, I will say that maybe Warner Bros should just give up on this one, if we haven’t seen a live action Akira now we probably won’t ever see it, a sentiment shared by the projects former scribe Gary Whitta in a recent interview.
Akira focuses on two members of a bike gang, Kaneda and Tetsuo, who become enemies when the latter develops unstable psychic abilities. That’s only barely scratching the surface of the incredibly complex narrative though.
Andrew Lazar and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way will produce, with Drew Crevello and Nik Mavinkurve overseeing the project.
Currently there is no release date slated or director on board the project, why not James Wan since he’s doing everything now?