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. (more...)