Having not directed a movie since 2001's From Hell, Allen and Albert Hughes scored a modest hit with The Book of Eli. With their reputation secure once more, Warner Brothers is looking to give them another job. Deadline Hollywood) reports that the twin directors are in talks to return to comic book adaptations with the live-action version of Akira, the Japanese manga comic that has already received a popular 1988 anime adaptation. Leonardo DiCaprio and Andrew Lazar are producing the movie through DiCaprio's Appian Way production company.
Like Eli, Akira is set in a dystopic future where protagonist Shotaro Kaneda, the leader of a biker gang, has to stop his best friend Tetsuo when his psychic powers start to drive him insane. The original manga covers six volumes, so Akira is intended to be two movies, with each movie covering three volumes. Eli writer Gary Whitta did the initial draft of the screenplay and told Comingsoon last December that he's not sure whether Iron Man and Children of Men screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are re-writing his script or starting from scratch.
...I haven't worked on it for about a year. The version I worked on was about going back to the source and doing the manga version. We were going to adapt the whole six-episode graphic novel. They don't keep you in the loop after you're done ... now I go on the internet to find out what's happening with it like everyone else.
Fans will be pleased to hear that Akira author, and director of the anime movie, Katsuhiro Otomo was at least remotely involved.
We got notes from [Otomo] and we kept in touch, but we never had a formal meeting or anything. The script I worked on was very, very preliminary. We did a couple of drafts of the script but, when I was there at least, it never got wrapped up to the point where I think he would get really hands on.
Akira is still scheduled for release sometime in 2011. Posted 02.12.10 by Ryan