Just when we thought the tidal wave of remakes couldn’t be stopped, it looks like one has shut down – Akira.
According to the lads over at Bloody Disgusting (who broke the original news about Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way developing a live-action remake of the classic anime), Warner Bros’ take on Akira is “dead as a doornail”.
Not only has director Ruairi Robinson departed the project, but the film is currently shut down.
Of course, it’s a rumour, and there’s nothing to say it won’t come back again, but for now it looks like the film will be registering its address as Development Limbo.
Akira, of course, originally sprang to life as a Manga and then an animation crafted by Katsuhiro Otomo, who brought to life a 2019-era Tokyo recovering from a nuclear war.
Teen biker gang member Tetsuo is captured by the government and subjected to brain-tinkering experiments. Its up to his old chum – and bike gang leader – Kaneda to try to sort out the mess when the tampering unleashes powerful tech-psychic powers…
The studio could probably use some right now to get this one back on track.
[Source: Bloody Disgusting]
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