By Wes Smith
After shutting production in 2012 on a live-action Akira adaptation, Warner Bros. has signed Daredevil showrunner Marco J. Ramirez to pen a new script, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The last adaptation attempt was eventually pulled due to budget issues, but Warner Bros. appears intent to bring the landmark animation to life since acquiring the property in 2008. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is still on board to produce.
Akira follows motorbike gang member, Kaneda, as he tries to stop his best friend Tetsuo after experimental testing leaves him with deadly telekinetic powers in futuristic Tokyo. Based off an iconic manga, the 1988 animated version of Akira is often heralded as one of the masterpieces of Japanese animation and is credited with bringing the medium to stateside prominence.
While the commission of a new script is a long way from greenlighting the production, Warner Bros. likely doesn’t want the widespread recognition to go to waste. The studio was rumored to have wanted a budget significantly under the $100+ million the last attempt was estimated at, but giving Akira another go is a clear sign that they still want a film made, which should be a positive for fans.