New Writer Brought in for the Live-Action Akira Film

It’s being reported that Marco Ramirez, a writer and producer on the Daredevil and Sons of Anarchy television series, is being brought in to write a screenplay for Warner Brothers’ proposed live-action Akira film project. Prior to Ramirez’s involvement, screenwriters Gary Whitta, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, and Albert Torres were attached to the project.

The live-action Akira film has a long and storied history. When the project was first announced in 2008, it was intended to be the directorial debut for Ireland’s Ruairi Robinson. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been producing the project through his Appian Way production company.

In October 2011, Warner officially green-lit the film for director Jaume Collett-Serra to begin filming in February or March 2012. Warner had held talks with Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe, and Helena Bonham Carter to star in the film. However, The Hollywood Reporter then posted that production had shut down in January 2012, before filming would have started. Warner had stalled the project to revise the script so it would be less costly. Collett-Serra said in February 2014 that he was still working on the project, but he then told the Collider website that there was no progress on the project as of March 2013.

The Hollywood Reporter lists Andrew Lazar and Appian Way as the current producers, with Drew Crevello and Nik Mavinkurve overseeing the project for Warner.

Akira, which is based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga, is set in Neo-Tokyo, a city rebuilt after being destroyed in a mysterious explosion. Otomo directed his own anime film adaptation that premiered on July 16, 1988 — the same day that the story has the fictional Tokyo being destroyed. In the early proposals for the live-action film project, the setting would have moved to “‘New Manhattan,’ a city rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years ago.”

Source: ANN

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