Warner Bros. has been trying to make an Akira movie happen for a long time now. Every other year or so, we seem to get new information on it, from a new director, to casting rumors, to it being scrapped completely. Once again, the project is back from the dead, as Warner Bros. has hired Marco J. Ramirez (who’s the show-runner on the next season of Daredevil) to pen the script. As reported by THR:
Marco J. Ramirez, the scribe who will be co-showrunning the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil, will write Akira, the Warner Bros. long-in-the-works adaptation of the Japanese manga classic.
Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) and Leonardo DiCaprio’s shingle Appian Way are producing the adaptation, which has faced plenty of ups and downs since Warners acquired the rights to the manga in 2008. While numerous writers, directors and stars darted to and from the project, the closest it came to getting made was in 2012 when Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter were in various stages of dealmaking.
Jaume Collet-Serra was to direct when the plug was pulled and the Vancouver facilities closed due to casting, script and budget issues.
We’ll have to wait and see if the movie actually comes to fruition this time around, but at the least, it looks like WB is making an earnest effort to get this anime on the big screen in some way. What do you guys think about this? Are you excited that Akira is back in the works, or are you ready to just let it go?