Jaume Collet-Serra helming AKIRA
Things appear to be looking up for one of the longest gestating projects out there.
Despite being presumably dead on arrival, WB’s long talked-about adaptation of the iconic graphic novel-turned-anime film AKIRA may have just found a second life. After losing director Albert Hughes, Showblitz is reporting that WB has tapped UNKNOWN helmer Jaume Collet-Serra to direct the project.
The film is being “reenvisioned as $90 milion tentpole, and will feature the manga’s author, Katsuhiro Otomo, on board as a producer." Originally eyed as a film with a $230 million budget, this version is a far less expansive project it sounds, and thus should be seen as something of a total reconstruction.
Personally, while I’m inherently against a remake of this project at this point, the idea of seeing the film made with a small-ish budget is something of an interesting bit of news. I dug Collet-Serra’s ORPHAN, and while UNKNOWN is quite awful, there is something about his direction that could fit this world well. Overall, it’s hard to get excited for this remake, but at this point, it appears as though this is one that WB won’t let die.