Warner Brothers’ live-action remake of the cult favorite Akira is back on track. NY Mag’s Vulture blog is reporting that the studio is negotiating with The Book of Eli directors Albert and Allen Hughes to board the project. Vulture also reports that WB plans to make Akira into two parts:
Respecting the source’s complexity (or perhaps acquiescing to it), Warners won’t proceed with a single, live-action remake of the film, which trimmed away the last half of the 2,182-page graphic novel in order to weigh in at just over two hours. Instead, we hear that the studio is planning to make Akira in two parts, with the first three volumes of the six-volume manga making up the first film, due out next year.
Warner Brothers is expected to make an official announcement later this week.