Justin Lin to direct Warner’s live-action ‘Akira’?

"Akira" U.S. Theatrical Poster

"Akira" U.S. Theatrical Poster

Warner Bros. is currently courting Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond, Finishing the Game) to direct the live-action, big screen adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, which has been in development hell for over 5 years.

The story of Akira involves a secret military project that endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.

Throughout the years, many names such as Keanu Reeves, James Franco, Garrett Hedlund, Robert Pattinson, James McAvoy, Andrew Garfield, Chris Pine, Michael Fassbender, Justin Timerlake, Joaquin Phoenix, Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart, Ezra Miller, Alden Eherenreich, D.J. Cotrona, Logan Marshal Green, Toby Kebbell, Richard Madden, Rami Malek, Michael Pitt, Paul Dano, Alden Ehrenreich and Ken Watanabe (we’ll stop here) have all been considered for roles. Some have dropped out, others are still attached.

A handful of directors, including Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) and Jaume Collet-Serra (Run All Night) have been tied to the film, but exited due to creative differences (or other unexplainable reasons).

One of the last filmmakers attached to Akira was Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), who was supposedly involved (along with Nolan’s brother, Jonathan, who at one point was hired to re-write the script for Akira). Marco J. Ramirez, the scribe who co-showran the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil, is also attached as one of the writers.

There’s no word if Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Jennifer Davisson Killoran (Orphan) and Andrew Lazar (Jonah Hex) are still keeping their roles as producers.

We’ll keep you updated on Akira as we learned more. Stay tuned.

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11 Responses to Justin Lin to direct Warner’s live-action ‘Akira’?

  1. So, what’s wrong with Joaquin Phoenix? Better actor than all of them. Haven’t you ever seen “I’m Still here”? lol

  2. ningen31 says:

    I like him, but isn’t he a little “old” for the part?

  3. OpiumKungFuCracker says:

    John Cho could use this role….

  4. martha says:

    As a white person, I’m insulted that Hollywood thinks I can’t handle watching an Asian actor for 120 minutes.

    As a hetero woman, I’m disappointed that Hollywood’s passing up yet another chance to spotlight an attractive Asian guy… (I don’t care if he’s too old for the role, I would go see John Cho’s fine self in this in a heartbeat).

  5. PG? Not even PG-13? The anime was R FFS!

    • ningen31 says:

      Actually, it was only Rated R by the MPAA in the last decade. When Streamline had it, they had a warning label of ages 13+. And technically, Akira’s got no more worse violence than Princess Mononoke, which *did* get a PG-13. But Geneon and Bandai don’t have Disney’s deep pockets, so…Same deal with Vampire Hunter: Bloodlust, btw.

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  8. Jeremy says:

    The dark Knight is pg13 so a slightly less badass film could still be pretty awesome. A lower rating doesn’t mean it can’t be smart and exciting but it does require a good director who knows what their doing.

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