Big news regarding not only the fate of the eagerly-awaited ‘Akira’ movie, but word is Christopher Nolan will produce at least one of the films. Oh, did we mention Warner are set to go ahead with a trilogy?
A live-action ‘Akira’ - based on the hugely popular, classic manga and anime movie by Katsuhiro Ôtomo - project has been bandied around both the indie and Hollywood circuits for years. Just as one production seems to be going ahead, it hits a bump in the road or, in the case of director Jaume Collet-Serra’s attachment, put on permanent hold.
Den of Geek claim a source has spilled the beans on some particularly tasty details regarding Warner’s future intent for a franchise.
Not only will three movies allow whoever ends up helming to explore the huge amount of content that already exists for ‘Akira’, but it appears nothing will be skimped on either, and that goes for whoever’s producing it too.
‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Inception’ and, most recently, ‘Interstellar’ director Chris Nolan will reportedly produce at least one of these, and has already had a meeting with a ‘previously attached filmmaker’ since June to discuss the project, it’s claimed.
With the recent announcement that Nolan’s next film will be out in 2017, no details were actually given on what it was - not even a hint. Could it be ‘Akira’? It’s unlikely, considering no one seems to know anything about what’s going on with the anime adaptation, and two years is not long for a film’s conception all the way through to a cinema release - especially for something as ambitious as this.
We do, however, know that ‘Akira’ is happening one way or another. Appian Way, the production company owned by Leonardo DiCaprio, is handling it, and ‘Sons of Anarchy’ writer Marco J. Ramirez will write the script.
Could Nolan’s existing relationship with DiCaprio mean their collaborative efforts will happen again, for the first time since 2010′s ‘Inception’? It’s possible, but still seems like a long shot that we will see ‘Akira’ emerge on the big screen as soon as 2017.
Whatever happens, if does by some miracle turn out to be ‘Akira’, it’ll be confirmed very soon, that’s for sure.
Picture credit: Akira Committee Company Ltd.