Since Warner Bros. acquired the rights back in 2008, the studio has tried over and over again to develop a live-action adaptation of ‘Akira.‘ The feature film based on Katsuhiro Otomo‘s popular anime and six-volume manga from the 1980s was plagued at various stages of production by script issues, an extremely high budget, and fan outcries over the whitewashing of characters by casting big names like Brad Pitt, James Franco, and Keanu Reeves or popular young actors like Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, and Justin Timberlake.
The latest attempt in 2012 was so far along that ‘Orphan’ and ‘House of Wax’ filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra and ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ scribe Dante Harper were hard at work on the project, while Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe, and Helena Bonham Carter were in various stages of negotiation to join the cast. Although, the studio pulled the plug as pre-production was commencing and ‘Akira’ was cursed to developmental hell again.
However, it now looks like the film has been resurrected once more thanks to the new co-showrunner of Marvel Studios’ acclaimed Netflix series ‘Daredevil’. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marco J. Ramierez has been hired to write a new screenplay based on the tale of two brothers from rival biker gangs that are pitted against each other in a post-nuclear apocalypse Neo-Tokyo. Before replacing Steven S. DeKnight as one of the showrunners alongside Doug Petrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Hell’s Kitchen, Ramierez worked on shows such as ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’, so it seems like he’s pretty well suited for the job.
Beyond the announcement of a new writer, no other new information is available regarding the latest incarnation of ‘Akira.’ Time will tell whether or not this attempt will go through the same problems as the previous tries, but you never know, right? Until we know for sure if it will sink or swim, share your thoughts on all of this in the comments below.