WB Halts AKIRA (Mania.com)

By:Jarrod Sarafin
Date: Friday, January 06, 2012
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

It seems that a $90 million price tag is too steep a cost for Warner Bros. Pictures in their desire to adapt one of the most well-known anime of all time. The Hollywood Reporter is suggesting that the development for a live-action Akira movie has been placed in a holding pattern as the studio wishes to bring that price down to around $70 million before giving director Jaume Collet-Serra another green light on the production. This latest news comes down on top of the endless turnaround in casting rumors over the past year.

While TRON: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund has been seemingly locked in for the title role, his potential co-stars Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter and Ken Wattanabe have yet to be confirmed. Director Collet-Serra would be adapting the Katsuhiro Otomo manga from a screenplay by Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves.

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.

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Series: Akira Live-Action