It was reported yesterday in the entertainment trade magazine Variety that Warner Bros. finally gave the ok to produce the film. Production of the film is scheduled to begin sometime between late February and early March of next year. It was previously reported that Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, House of Wax) will be directing the film. Joining the development team is producer Andrew Lazar (Get Smart, Jonah Hex) and writer Albert Torres. Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way will be producing the movie.
Also, it has been reported that TRON 2 star, Garrett Hedlund, is currently the front runner to play the role of Kaneda, the film's protagonist.
Akira is an adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's manga by the same name. The manga was also adopted into an anime film back in July 1988.
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