Warner Brothers have been trying to get an Akira movie made since early 2000, and a number of directors have been and gone, and budgets have been reduced and adapted over the years. However, nothing ever seems to come together, so the latest update, courtesy of Den of Geek, could be yet another glimmer of something that will never actually happen. However, considering a certain Christopher Nolan could be involved, the story has more weight and more probability of actually happening than ever before.
Previously Keanu Reeves has been attached to star (great choice), and earlier this it was reported that Warners wanted director Jaume Collet-Serra to come back and make the film for them. Collet-Serra was previously attached, and was the only director who could bring the project within the budget restraints of Warners, but he quit some years ago.
Back in June Marco J. Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy, Daredevil) was said to be writing the Akira adaptation, but nothing much has come from that since. Reports just said there was substantial movement on the film, and that was it. Den of Geek now claim that not only is the project once again back on, but Warners are now planning a trilogy of films.
We’ve now heard from a source close to Warner Bros that the studio is planning to make a trilogy of films based on Akira – all the better to do justice to Otomo’s sprawling dystopian sci-fi yarn, perhaps.
Most intriguingly of all, we’re told that Christopher Nolan has met with a previously attached filmmaker (who we can’t name here) within the past three months to talk about the project.
The site also state that the mystery Christopher Nolan film announced last week is NOT Akira, as he will only be involved as a producer.
WB acquired the potential tentpole project for a seven-figure sum from Japanese manga publisher Kodansha in 2008. Set in New Manhattan, 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.
Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing with Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar. Katsuhiro Otomo, who wrote and directed the 1988 Japanese anime pic of the same name, will exec produce.
Back when Collet-Serra was attached, he came very close to beginning production, and had Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy) attached to star. Helena Bonham Carter, Kristen Stewart and Ken Watanabe were working out deals to appear. It is unknown if any of these actors will be attached should production finally get started on Akira.