Jaume Collet-Serra Next in Line to Direct Warner Bros' 'Akira' Movie

July 14, 2011
Source: Variety

Jaume Collett-Serra / Akira

It just keeps coming back! I keep hearing about countless directors being offered—and passing on—directing Warner Bros' live-action adaptation of Akira, which Alan Hughes dropped off of a couple of months ago. The project is just dragging along, losing actors, directors, but now there's a little hope - if you can call it that. Variety is reporting that Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra (of House of Wax, Goal II: Living the Dream, Orphan and Unknown for Warner Bros) is now set to direct the live-action Akira, also being turned into a $90 million tentpole, even though that budget seems a little low to me. We'll see if this one survives.

Variety's report makes it sounds like this is finally the director they're going with to actually get this made, but it still doesn't have a cast yet. Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way is still producing with Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar. Gary Whitta wrote the first script, which was then revised by Albert Torres and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, now Warner Bros has Harry Potter franchise writer Steve Kloves working on the latest drafts. "Set in New Manhattan, story follows the leader of a biker gang who saves his friend from a medical experiment." I'm going to watch closely, because I'm still not convinced this will actually make it into production. The next major step is casting and that seems to be a problem as well.

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  • Loser
    Bring in Michael Bay as they are changing everything anyway atleast we get some great action then.
  • Xerxexx
    kill the project.
  • Anonymous
    People keep dropping because they know that no American actor, director, or producer can live up to the original.  Who wants to put their name on a project that will only tarnish Akira's legacy?
  • Why are people in a rush to force this? If a director who knows and loves Akira wants to do it then fine, but I can only foresee disaster the way this keeps changing hands. Just put it down until someone can do it justice.
  • happy camper
    When you get +3 people working on a script it aint gonna be good. just drop it.
  • I'll make it. I'd do a better job than anyone in Hollywood.
    • Lamar
      You know what? I believe you. As long as you make it with a budget of no less than $200 million. I agree with Loser too, just get Bay on it and we'll get some awesome action scenes out of it.
      • Weirdly, I reckon shrinking the budget on Akira would help it. I don't know how much Transformers 2 cost but it wasn't worth it, the story was terrible, the effects didn't even matter. They could do stuff on greenscreen, cast unknown actors, it really wouldn't be any worse than getting Bay to make it. But it's not going to happen, it'll cheeseballs.
        • Anonymous
          The problem with Transformers and Bay in general is that they spend most of their time and budget in post-production. The key to a successful project is always PRE-production.
          • Indeed. No 'we'll fix it in post' needed!
  • Guest22324
    I read the Gary Whitta draft. It was abysmal.
  • NICK S.
    Paul W.S. Anderson would LOVE to ruin this, i imagine. or whoever did the live action Dragon Ball Z
  • WB Exec
    Justin Lin seems like someone who loves Akira and could bring this to the big screen while being faithful to the original
  • Loser
    I would have loved for Beat Takeshi to direct this one. there is alot of great Japanese actors but Hollywood could have Choosen Rain atleast he is asian and he is a superstar in the whole region.




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