Warner Bros revives Akira remake

Jaume Collet-Serra to direct on a reduced budget

Warner has decided to revive its troubled mission to remake classic manga film Akira, with Jaume Collet-Serra set to return to the director's chair.

Collet-Serra had been in place to direct the film around 18 months ago, only for the studio to balk over a potential $90 million budget.

Variety reports that Collet-Serra will now return on a budget somewhere closer to $60 million, and the studio is apparently keen to get things back up and running once more.

Collet-Serra had previously assembled a cast that included Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter and Ken Watanabe. Whether any or all of those elect to return remains to be seen.

Warner has been trying to get this done for many, many years now, so we won't be holding our breath until the cameras start rolling. That said, if Collet-Serra can control the budget, it might actually be for real this time...

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    • georgeWW

      Aug 2nd 2013, 10:49

      If he involves Kristen Stewart in any form at all they will not get a penny of my money, hire someone who has more than 3 facial expressions and knows how to act...I can't understand why a director would want to hire someone who so clearly has no acting talent at all.

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    • trist808

      Aug 2nd 2013, 11:32

      3 facial expressions? When did she learn the other two?? :/

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 2nd 2013, 12:00

      Sigh.......you know who actually could make a live action Akira work, Josh Trank!

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    • ohmeadhbh

      Nov 8th 2013, 22:10

      or you could just revoice the original w/ popular young actors and re-release it. it would be a fraction of the cost and probably do at least as well.

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