Are you ready for what may be the next Dragonball: Evolution or even the next Battlefield Earth? Progress has been made on the script for the Akira live action movie as the very talented Steve Kloves has finished his initial re-write of it for the Hughes Brothers who will be directing what's planned to be a two part movie with each of the films covering half of the original six volume manga. What's new with this production, according to Deadline New York, is that the script is at such a polished place that they're sending it off to a short list of actors who are being targeted for starring roles. According to Fleming over at Deadline, he's hear that for the two major roles, there are some serious names being bandied about. Do keep in mind that this is a heavily localized and adapted film, going into a New York setting, and it's very likely that they're upping the ages of the characters, which is a given going by the names used here, so don't expect the original story ideas revolving around youth, revolt and social pressures to be played out the same.
For Tetsuo, they're hearing Robert Pattinson (Twilight), Andrew Garfield (Amazing Spider-Man, Never Let Me Go, a recent movie based off of a Japanese SF novel) and James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men: First Class).
For Kaneda, Garret Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justine Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix are all being bandied about. And according to Fleming, the leads are expected to come from these two groups of actors.
Plot concept: The story takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment.