It appears the Hollywood adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira still has some life left in it, as Variety reports that Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax, Orphan, Unknown) is in talks with Warner Bros. to return as director. Collet-Serra left when production stalled early last year.
Warner Bros. would still like to tighten the budget and bring it down from its original $90 million range, and they were recently looking at other directors they believed could deliver a more scaled-down adaptation. Among those directors were Catfish helmers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
Despite searching for potential replacements, Warner Bros. remained in love with Collet-Serra's vision, and the director was able to find room in his schedule, as well as a new approach that could tighten the budget. Currently in pre-production on crime film Run All Night—which features Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, and Ed Harris—Collet-Serra would be free to start work on Akira in spring 2014.
It's currently unclear whether any of the attached actors, such as lead Garret Hedlund, will still be available.