Live-Action Akira Trilogy in Development?

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Rumor Has it That Warner Brothers is Planning 3 Akira Films


Akira is one of those on again, off again projects that has haunted Hollywood for years. Word that Warner Bros. had rights to adapt Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic manga and anime first broke in 2002, and news about the movie has faded in and out occasionally ever since.

Since then, it’s been announced that Akira‘s still happening with the movie being handled by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, and Sons of Anarchy screenwriter Marco J. Ramirez penning the script.

Last night, Den of Geek released this news:

We’ve now heard from a source close to Warner Bros. that the studio is planning to make a trilogy of films based on Akira – all the better to do justice to Otomo’s sprawling dystopian sci-fi yarn, perhaps.

Most intriguingly of all, we’re told that Christopher Nolan has met with a previously attached filmmaker (who we can’t name here) within the past three months to talk about the project.


Recently, it was announced that Nolan’s next film will be released in July 2017…but the title of the film is still secret.  Perhaps it’s Akira?

Den of Geek goes on:

It’s a far-fetched notion, perhaps, but its positioning as a summer film certainly suggests that Nolan has something major in store, and a big-budget adaptation of Akira could fit that bill. And while Nolan has the kind of industry clout to make just about anything he wants, his prior relationship with Warner – and his history with Leonardo DiCaprio on Inception – might add weight to the Akira theory.

Since nothing official has been released, we have to take this all with a grain of salt for now.   With Nolan’s mystery film less than two years away, we’ll surely have confirmation on this in one way or another very soon.

What do you think? Are you excited about the possibility of a live-action Akira trilogy or would you rather it not be remade?

courtesy of DenofGeek


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