Can one of the Nolan brothers save Akira from certain doom?

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 16, 2012

Warner Bros.' live-action adaptation of the anime classic is proving to be the movie that refuses to die. Even after the studio shut down the Akira production office and told the filmmakers to trim the budget or else, they're looking to bring on some high-powered talent to rescue it. Namely, one of the Dark Knight masterminds.

It's unclear why—unlike In the Mountains of Madness or The Dark Tower—Warner Bros. is trying so hard to salvage Akira, but they're looking for someone to bring the film's scale back in line, budget-wise, and seeking some creative fixes, too.

So, according to Variety, Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises, Person of Interest) and Michael Green (Green Lantern, Kings) are the favorites to take the next whack at the script.

And even if the budget's brought down and the story's rehabilitated, Akira is still going to need some more star wattage: Garret Hedlund, while a perfectly fine actor, is no box-office draw, and he's the only one to have officially signed on (Kristen Stewart remains "in talks" to join the cast). The studio is looking at Boardwalk Empire's Michael Pitt to play Tetsuo opposite Hedlund's Kaneda, but he's not going to put bums in seats, either.

The more news that comes out about Akira's problems, the more it seems like Warner Bros. is simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Then again, it took 10 years to get The Hobbit up and running ... and we're gonna get that for Christmas.

(Via Geek Tyrant)