Live-action Akira could be helmed by Unknown director

Jaume Collet-Serra interested in adap

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Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra is in negotiations to take on the live-action Akira.

Being set up by Warner Bros as a $90m tentpole, Akira could end up being two movies - Warners have mentioned splitting the original six-volume Manga across two films.

It’s unclear if Collet-Serra would be signing on for two films or just one.

He’s just the latest name to be associated with the English-speaking Akira reboot, which was most recently set to be helmed by Book Of Eli director Albert Hughes.

Hughes left the production in May. Collet-Serra has also been talked about regarding a new version of Dracula and 300 prequel Battle Of Artemisia.

If Collet-Serra signs the dotted line, he and Warners can finally begin sorting out the cast of the film, which has been the main bone of contention among the film’s previous creative forces.

The two main roles are Tetsuo and Kaneda – the former is the leader of a biker gang who attempts to stop the latter, his friend, from destroying Neo-Manhattan (previously Neo-Tokyo).

Our fingers are still crossed that Andrew Garfield will land one of those coveted roles...

Who? Or whew? Think Collet-Serra could be an inspired choice? Or should a more experienced director get the gig? Talk to us below...

Comments

    • KerrAvon

      Jul 15th 2011, 13:11

      Tetsuo!

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    • HeikiKyouryu

      Jul 15th 2011, 15:38

      Why would you be hoping Garfield gets a part? He is literally double the age that the protagonists should be. The whole point about Akira is that they are kids struggling with growing up and all the changes that entails. When Tetsuo does some evil sh*t you can almost sympathise cos his hormones and emotions are running high and you could argue he hardly knows any better or haslittle control over himself due to his age. These themes just wouldnt work if adults are involved. I'm not against a live action version of this per se but there are certain elements that need to be done right and casting a gang of adults to play a gang of kids is not the way to go.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jul 15th 2011, 19:36

      Anyone but Pitof who seemingly pitted off :D

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