Akira Has Green Light (Mania.com)

By:Jarrod Sarafin
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Source: Variety

After a few months in the prepping stages, Warner Bros. Pictures has given the go-ahead to movie forward with a live-action Akira film. Variety reports that TRON: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund seems to be the one who could be playing Kaneda in this latest adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's classic manga. Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) will be directing, based on a screenplay by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Gary Whitta and Steve Kloves. The production budget is set at around $90 million and could begin shooting by February.

Plot Concept: "Akira" is based on anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo's six-volume graphic novel masterwork. The film is said to take place in "New Manhattan," a metropolis that was rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years ago. The famous motorcycle will also definitely be a part of the film.