There have been enough starts, stops and major personnel changes on this long-discussed Hollywood remake of AKIRA that I’ve long since given up on a trying to keep up with it. I don’t really remember what the last development was - - it got a new director after it was cancelled, right? - - but Variety says it’s finally happening. For real, this time. For real, for real. So real that Warner Bros has just given it the ever-elusive “green light” for production.
So now it’s just a question of when.
Spaniard Jaume Collet-Serra (whose credits include ORPHAN) will be directing this with a $90 million budget that’s been worked down from the initial estimates that were reportedly much, much higher. TRON: LEGACY star, Garrett Hedlund, is said to be the front-runner for the lead role, although it hasn’t been specified if that role’s Kaneda or Tetsuo. I’ll guess it’s the former. Dude seems more like Kaneda.
Until we actually, you know, see anything, I don’t think there’s anything new to say about this project that hasn’t already been said during the many, many pre-production updates. You lunatics will probably be pleased to know, at least, that Otomo will be an executive producer on this and Kodansha received a very nice seven-figure deal for the rights.