Little over a year after it put the project on hold, Warner Bros. has resurrected its planned “Akira” remake. Even better: it might be putting director Jaume Collet-Serra back at the helm.
Variety is reporting that Collet-Serra is in talks to return to “Akira.” He left the Americanized version of “Akira” after Warner Bros. shut down pre-production in early 2012 to fix the movie’s script.
According to Variety’s report, WB loves Collet-Serra’s vision for “Akira” so much that they opted to return to him instead of looking at other directors like “Catfish’s” Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Sources tell the site that Collet-Serra found a way to keep the “Akira” budget down to what Warner Bros. considers manageable this time around.
“Akira” is one of the most famous and influential examples of Japanese anime and manga. Katsuhiro Otomo released the first issue of the manga in 1982, and later went on to direct a 1988 anime based on his cyberpunk science fiction story.
Warner Bros. has been trying to turn “Akira” into a live action film since 2002, setting the tale in Neo-Manhattan instead of Neo-Tokyo. When the film was still in the works in early 2012, the cast was rumored to include Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter and Ken Watanabe, with actors from Richard Madden to Logan Marshall-Green listed as frontrunners for the role of Tetsuo. It’s unclear if any of these actors would return to the new version of the film.