For a while there, it seemed like things were looking up for that long-gestating live-action version of the classic sci-fi anime Akira. Well, you might not want to hold your breath.
Last we’d heard, director Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop) was deep in development putting together plans for Akira. That was just about a year ago, and now Collider has managed to catch up with him again for an update. Turns out things aren’t looking too hot on the Akira front.
When asked point blank about momentum on Akira, Collet-Serra responded, “No, no. There’s nothing.” Ouch. Doesn’t get more clear-cut than that. When pressed further about what might happen with the project, the director responded, “It’s a Warner Bros. question” at this point. We knew the script apparently needed some work (Edge of Tomorrow’s Dante Harper was working on the latest version), but it sounds like this one could’ve quietly slid back into development hell.
As for Collet-Serra? It sounds like he doesn’t have much faith in getting this thing made anytime soon. On the topic of what he’s doing next, he said the only thing immediately on his calendar now that Non-Stop and Run All Night are finished is a much-needed vacation. Fair enough:
“A vacation! I truly will not make a decision on a movie for a few months because I’ve done these two movies in three years without any time off so I cannot wait for this movie to come out and just fade away. So my next movie’s not gonna be for a while, let’s put it this way.”
We’re bummed to hear Akira has apparently stalled, but we’d also hate to see this project move forward with issues behind the scenes. It’s going to take a perfect storm to do this right, and it seems we’re still waiting for the storm clouds to align.