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