Akira Remake Gets The Green Light

Warner Bros. Pictures has given the green light to its live-action remake of Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 manga-adaptation anime classic “Akira” reports Variety.

Set in New Manhattan, the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments.

“Tron: Legacy” star Garrett Hedlund is considered a front-runner for the one of the two male leads. However only now that the green light has been given can they move forward with offers to secure cast members.

Jaume Collet-Serra (“Unknown”) is directing while Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Andrew Lazar are producing.

Originally budgeted at well over $100 million, at last report the film had that figure reduced to $90 million. Shooting kicks off late February/early March.

Warners acquired the property back in 2008 and has had issues over the years of bringing the property to the big screen due to various budget and personnel changes.