Genre media site Den of Geeks has sparked another round of live-action Akira chatter with a report that a source has told them that Warner Bros. is now considering adapting Katsuhiro Otomo's classic sci-fi anime/manga into a trilogy of movies, and go on to pass along the rumor that Christopher Nolan as recently been in talks to get involved with the project.
Channel Frederator and CartoonHangover have been been putting together a few anime entries in their "107 Facts You Should Know" series with recent entries of the classic 1988 Akira and 2013's Attack on Titan. Get a look after the jump.
Since the Hollywood Akira won't stay dead, we've got some more info on the long-gestating project. The latest has Marco J. Ramirez—the writer who's worked on shows like Sons of Anarchy and will be co-showrunner on the second season of Netflix's Daredevil series—taking over on the script for the live-action adaptation. Read on for more.
It seems like the on-again, off-again efforts to produce a live-action Hollywood version of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira might be off again. After last summer's report that Dante Harper, the uncredited writer on the first draft of the movie adapting All You Need is Kill into what ultimately became Edge Of Tomorrow, was Director Jaume Collet-Serra, Collider is now hearing from Collet-Serra that there's no movement on the project.
In 2013, James Harvey's Bartkira Project was a comics event where every participant takes five pages from the original Akira manga, to collectively redraw Katsuhiro Otomo's entirety of the work in their own styles with characters from The Simpsons. Given the parameters, it took almost 500 international participants to get through the six volumes of the original epic. The work is getting more attention with an exhibit at non-neo Tokyo's Gallery Hakusen.
Remember back in May when Canada-based CineGround Media unleashed its impressive live-action Akira trailer? The crowd-sourced Akira Project stayed very faithful to the style of Katsuhiro Otomo's original theatrical anime adaptation of his own manga, and you can see how they did some of it thanks to a behind-the-scenes video.