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Live Action AKIRA Back on Track at Warner Bros.

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Warner Bros.’ on-again, off-again live action version of the iconic manga Akira might be back in business.  The studio has been struggling to get the film made for a couple years, most recently with Jaume Collet-Serra(Unknown) in the director’s chair, with Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter, and Ken Watanabe in talks to star in the picture.  Collet-Serra had managed to reduce the budget down to $90 million from Albert Hughes’ $180 million version of the film, but just as production was looming closer, Warner pulled the plug with the intention of lowering the budget even further to around $60 – $70 million.  Collet-Serra subsequently left the project to focus his efforts on other pursuits, and word on the feature has been practically non-existent for over a year.  Reports though are surfacing that Warner Bros. may be back in the Akira movie making business again.

Akira movie imageWhile Warner Bros. was apparently looking at other directors to possibly come in and make Akira for the studio’s new, lower budget (including Catfish and Paranormal Activity 4 helmers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman), Variety reports that the studio was always keen on Collet-Serra’s vision and now the director is in discussions to return to the project.  Apparently Collet-Serra has found time in his schedule to fit Akira in, and he’s also found another way to approach the material that fits in with WB’s new budget.

Having recently completed filming on the airplane thriller Non-Stop with Liam Neeson, Collet-Serra is currently in pre-production on the Warner Bros. thriller Run All Night, which also stars Neeson alongside Joel Kinnaman and Ed Harris.  The plan now is for Collet-Serra to move straight into Akira in the spring of 2014, once he’s completed work on Run All Night.  It’s unknown if Collet-Serra’s previous cast will regroup or what the director’s new take on the material entails, but it’s clear that Warner Bros. really wants to get this thing made.

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    • Erin

      There better not be any whitewashing here. Not every movie needs to be about a white person on the screen, where the orginal was about japanese society…
      And thats Ladies and Gentlemen, Hollywood missing the point with the movies they try to bring to the big screen, because the seem to lack common sense and creativity. I mean, even NORWEGIAN film studios make better movies than them now, and they’re known for some pretty weird movies…

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