Hollywood "Akira" Film Director Jaume Collet-Serra in Talks to Return

Warner Bros. breathes some more life into live-action adaptation

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.



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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