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Screenwriter Gary Whitta Says His Akira Script Took Place in a Japanese-Owned Manhattan


A live-action feature film adaptation of the popular manga Akira has been a long time coming, but thus far has yet to come to fruition. After a prolonged development process, the film was finally beginning to move into pre-production at Warner Bros. in 2011 with Garrett Hedlund cast as Kaneda and the studio in various stages of negotiations with Kristen Stewart, Gary Oldman, and Helena Bonham Carter for roles. However, the studio subsequently halted production on the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed film in early 2012, citing their desire for more script work to be done. The project appears to have now sunk back into development hell, as we haven’t heard a solid update regarding WB’s Akira in over a year.

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Crazay3539d ago

That was an abortion of a film that needed to die. They should just make an animated TV series. The changes they were making were just silly and asinine.

StarWarsFan3536d ago

Japanese-owned Manhatten? They lost me.