Forever now, a blockbuster live-action Hollywood take on Akira has been spinning its wheels in development hell. Each time hope of the project actually happening has been raised, fans have now been conditioned to expect for the movie to not actually happen. But now there again seems to be some possible light at the end of the tunnel for Tetsuo and Co.
As per The Tracking Board, Warner Brothers is now back on the hunt for a director for their live-action Akira – and top of their list is Get Out’s Jordan Peele. Also believed to be in the running for the gig are Lights Out’s David F. Sandberg and Life’s Daniel Espinosa.
The last we’d really heard on Akira was back in the middle of last year when the Fast and Furious franchise’s Justin Lin was being eyed to direct, and before that there was talks of Christopher Nolan tackling the beast back in 2015. Since then, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company have been brought in to oversee the project, with a screenplay being worked on by Sons of Anarchy’s Marco J. Ramirez.
Akira itself began life as a six-volume manga from Katsuhiro Otomo, and it was famously turned into a mind-blowing, game-changing 1988 anime movie. This latest incarnation of the property, though, has been around in some shape or form as far back as 2002, without anything solid coming together.
Of course, whether anything really comes of all of this, we'll have to wait and see. After all, this isn't the first time it looked as if something may happen with a new take on Akira. We'll keep you posted as and when anything further happens - just don't hold your breath.
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