These behind-the-scenes developments are making for their own kind of winding motorcycle chase through the streets of Neo Tokyo. Deadline’s reported that the Hughes Brothers have now withdrawn from the live-action AKIRA movie and are already reading some scripts to do as a new project for Warner Bros. The project’s still moving ahead, however, with the studio currently looking for a new name to take a seat in the currently-vacant director’s chairs.
When last we heard about the project, Keanu Reeves was reportedly mulling over the lead role. Apparently, he’s stepped back from it, as well, so I imagine the whole project’s nature is being reconsidered. Considering how ambitious the project is - - and how enormous the budget is already expected to be - - I imagine they might start thinking of ways to scale it back a little.
You know what, now that the slate’s all-but-totally blank for this, let’s put all of you lunatics into the fantasy executive producer’s chair. If the rails were already laid down for a live action AKIRA movie to be made, who would you want directing and starring in it? In the interest of fun, I will tolerate no “none of the above” answers from anybody.