We're starting to wonder if that live-action Akira adaption will ever happen, but it's nice to know Warner Bros. hasn't given up yet.
The studio has hired Marco J. Ramirez to pen a new script for the long-gestating (and we mean long) live-action adaptation of the manga classic. Ramirez is currently gearing up to run the second season of Netflix's Daredevil series, and has previously written for Sons of Anarchy and Da Vinci's Demons. Looks like he's going to have a very busy year.
Filmmakers have been trying to bring the 1980s sci-fi manga to the big screen for the better part of a decade, and versions involving everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio (a failed 2008 bid) to Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter (a 2012 adaptation that almost happened) have fizzled over the years.
The story is set in a post-nuclear version of Neo-Tokyo and follows two brothers who find themselves on opposite sides when one begins abusing his newly acquired telekinetic powers. It had biker gangs, insane visuals, gorgeous sci-fi cityscapes and an (admittedly) confusing story. Which could explain why it's taken so long for a live action version to stick.
What do you think? Is Ramirez the man to finally get this thing out of development hell?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)