It looks as though the Akira movie is back on again at Warner Bros. Pictures. The writer who will be co-showrunner for the second season of “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix, Marco J. Ramirez, will pen a script for the in-development adaptation of the Japanese manga by Katsuhiro Otomo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Andrew Lazar and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way will be producing the film (the studio acquired the rights back in 2008). In 2012, the movie was actually ready to begin filming. It had a director in Jaume Collet-Serra, and it had a cast of Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter. The project however never happened and fell apart. Thank god for that.
This was the plot synopsis for the adaptation in 2012: “Set in a future city environment called New Manhattan, the sci-fi epic follows the leader of a bike gang who must save his best friend, who has been experimented on by the government causing him to develop dangerous and destructive psychokinetic powers”.
Drew Crevello and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing Akira for Warner Bros. Pictures. Hopefully they can do a better job in accurately representing Akira in a live adaptation movie. I’m hoping that they will prove me wrong, but I’m not holding my breath.