Warner halts production on Akira

Studio demands more work on script

Warner Brothers’ tortuous attempt to bring a remake of Akira to the masses is fast becoming one of the most laboured projects in Hollywood history. The latest announcement reveals that the film has been delayed yet again, with the studio demanding the script receive a bit of a polish.

Akira follows fellow Warner projects The Dark Tower and Paradise Lost into a standstill, as studio execs demand that costs be lowered on those two films before production goes any further.

Producers Jennifer Kiloran Davisson and Andrew Lazar, and director Jaume Collet-Serra have been charged with tweaking the Akira script, but Steve Kloves may yet be called in to do a full re-write, the second time the Harry Potter scribe has been asked to perform such a function.

Another alternative might be for the studio to bring in a completely fresh pair of eyes to perform the necessary script surgery, with The Dark Knight’s Jonathan Nolan and Green Lantern’s Michael Green reportedly under consideration.

So there you have it – yet more umming and ah-ing  over a project that most fans of the original think is a terrible idea in the first place. Perhaps it’s time Warner put this one out of its misery once and for all…

Should Warner give up the ghost, or would you still like to see their Akira dream realised? Thoughts below, please.


    • badger86

      Jan 6th 2012, 11:16


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    • trist808

      Jan 6th 2012, 11:39

      I second that @badger86, please leave it alone, put in down, walk away, forget you ever even saw it, there's a bunch of good chaps WB

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    • shasmo

      Jan 6th 2012, 16:22

      i agree just leave it be have an original idea for once give akiras money to the dark tower film :)

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 6th 2012, 18:42

      The Wachowski's should make a full-on live action Ghost in the Shell remake, with Selma Blair as Major Kusanage, Ron Perlman as Batou and the voice of Avery Brooks as the puppetmaster.

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 6th 2012, 20:42

      There is a god after all.

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    • thedanieljson

      Jan 6th 2012, 23:35

      don't let The Green Lantern scriptwriter NEAR it.

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    • ilikescifi

      Jan 8th 2012, 13:01

      go mocap uncanny valley style

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    • EddieFelson

      Jan 10th 2012, 9:55

      Please leave it, please, please, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • alexr

      Jan 11th 2012, 17:08

      Can we have a version of Akira made by Ardman Animations?

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