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Warner Brothers greenlights Akira; Production scheduled to begin in early 2012, Garrett Hedlund rumored for lead role

Warner Brothers has given an official greenlight to its live-action remake of the anime hit Akira. The studio is expected to begin production on the film in February/early March 2012 with previously reported Jaume Collet-Serra still attached to direct, Variety reports:

Set in New Manhattan, the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader […]

Albert Hughes no longer directing Akira remake; David O. Russell leaves ‘Uncharted’

Two high-profile projects are now without their directors. First up, Variety reports that David O. Russell is no longer attached to direct an adaptation of the Sony video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune”, which he was also set to write, over creative differences with the studio. Sony will now move on to finding a new […]

Keanu Reeves passes on Akira; Project still in development

Last month it was reported that Warner Brothers was courting Keanu Reeves to star in John Hughes’ live-action adaptation of Akira. Now, however, JoBlo is reporting that the actor has passed on the project:

The discussions were early but optimistic as Reeves seemed to have interest in the material but we can […]

Warner Brothers wants Keanu Reeves for Albert Hughes’ Akira

Heat Vision | THR is reporting that Warner Brothers wants Keanue Reeves to star in Albert Hughes’ English-language / live-action on the Japanese manga Akira.

Now comes word that Reeves has held talks with the studio, with whom he already made the massively successful Matrix movies, for the part of Kaneda, the gang […]

James Franco in talks for Akira?

JustJared is reporting that James Franco is in talks to star as Kaneda in the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced / Albert Hughes-directed live-action adaptation of Akira.

James, who is co-hosting the Academy Awards later this month with Anne Hathaway, unsurprisingly has been getting roles offered to him left and right. He also has the […]

The Hughes Bros. In Talks For Akira

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 […]