Warner Bros. Pictures has confirmed that they are moving ahead with a live action Akira film after nearly twenty years of talks and false-starts.
A huge difference between this time and any previous attempts, are not only the fact that WB has already been worked out a deal with the state of California to shoot the film there, but there are now also some huge names attached to the project.
Reports are that Leonardo DiCaprio is on as a producer of the film, with Thor: Ragnarok helmsmen Taika Waititi signed on to direct.
Warner Brothers has not announced any actors/actresses to be associated with the project, but the fan favorite anime is sure to attract some big names.
Akira is not only one of the most loved and popular animes and mangas of all time, it is widely considered the catalyst for the popularity of Japanese Animation in the west. Originally created by Katsuhiro Otomo for Kodansha’s Young Magazine in 1982, Akira later inspired the wildly popular 1988 animated film, which Otomo himself directed and was the first Japanese Animation film ever released on the big screen in the United States.
Synopsis of the 1988 film on Fandango :
In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after nuking the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles against anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo’s supernatural power suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment’s secrets.
We’ll have more film news here on Uncanny Nerd whenever it’s announced, but until then, who would YOU want to see star in a live-action Akira?
written by Mike Slade