Warner Brothers’ live-action adaptation of Akira has been development hell for the better part of 15 years. Going through numerous directors, the film looked like it would never get out of it. But new reports say Get Out director Jordan Peele may be the person to step in and helm the film.
According to The Tracking Board, insiders say that WB is “moving aggressively” towards inking a deal with Peele to direct the film. This coming off Get Out, which was his directorial debut. Apparently, the studio was thinking about having Peele direct The Flash, but Akira is a top priority for the studio, and it looks like discussions between the two have been “encouraging.” More on the story below.
The live-action adaptation of Akira has been in development hell for the better part of the last few years. Jaume Collet-Serra was attached to direct the film at one point, with Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart set to star as the film’s leads. But the project never entered production due to budgetary disagreements. In 2013, it was reported that Collet-Serra was back to direct, but not much has been heard about him and the status of the film since then. The only major development was that Daredevil season 2 showrunner Marco Ramirez was tapped to pen the new script.
Now another major development seems to be steering the live-action Akira towards production. Hot off the news that Christopher Nolan would be directing an untitled film set for a 2017 release comes word that he is in talks to produce Akira as a live-action trilogy. More on this story below.
Akira is just that one project that refuses to die. Our last report on the project goes as far back as over three years ago now when Warner Brothers shut down production on the project with production budget and screenplay issues thought to be the cause. Since then it was presumed that Warner Bros. turned their attention to mapping out their DC Cinematic Universe.
But a new report says that the studio is still interested in bringing the adaptation to the big screen, and they have brought in new Daredevil showrunner Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy) to write an adaptation for the long-gestating classic anime. More on the story below.
A live-action remake of the classic Japanese anime movie Akira has been in the works for years, with not a whole lot of success in actually getting made. Something fans of the original are not even a little bit upset about.
But what happens when it’s the fans creating the remake? That’s what Akira Project is all about. But of course a feature length effort would be a tad much for fans undertake alone, so instead we get an impressive fan-made live-action trailer.
Read more about the project and check out the trailer below.