It feels like Hollywood has been trying to make a big-budget, live-action adaption of the seminal anime film Akira since it first came out in 1988 and, finally, it seems like we may be moving closer to a post-apocalyptic world in which this happens.
Variety reports that filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax) has taken the director’s seat once again (he was attached to helm the film until the production “stalled” in 2012), and is in talks to return to the film, which hopes to begin shooting in 2014.
Little is known about the production other than the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is producing, and that the setting has been shifted from “Neo-Tokyo” to “Neo-Manhattan” (which I’m sure the internet is just delighted about).
Any adaption of a beloved work is bound to get it’s share of detractors, but Akira is one of the truly “untouchable” classics of anime, so we’ll see if this American remake can live up to its predecessor or just piss a whole lot of people off.
Excited for a live-action Akira? Who would you like to see in the main roles?