Akira Gets New Scribe, Toned Down Rating

Talking about the English-language, live-action remake of classic 1988 anime feature “Akira”, director Albert Hughes (“From Hell,” “The Book of Eli”) says Warner Bros. Pictures wants the film to have a PG-13 rating and he’s not sure if he’ll be around to do a sequel.

“The first thing they said to me was it had to be PG-13” said Hughes in a Washington D.C. radio interview according to Film School Rejects. The rather violent anime would seem a naturally R-rated feature, but Hughes describes keeping the lesser rating intact as a “challenge”.

Rumored to be a two or three-film saga, Hughes also revealed he has no interest in doing the second part – “I’m not into sequels. I don’t even know if I wanna be around for the sequel. I’m just focusing on the first movie.”

Meanwhile Collider reports that according to producer Andrew Lazar, the project is out to writer Albert Torres (“Henry Poole is Here”) who will turn in a new draft that will likely ignore the previous one by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (“Iron Man”). Torres draft is due in September.