Daredevil Duo To Pen “Akira,” “Transformers”

Steven S. DeKnight and Marco Ramirez, the show runners on Netflix and Marvel’s “Daredevil” during their first and upcoming second season respectively, have both scored new gigs.

Ramirez has been brought onboard to pen the screenplay for the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s legendary manga “Akira” at Warner Bros. Pictures. The project, which has been in development for many years and has been “on again, off again” more times than anyone can count, seems to be back on again.

At last report Jaume Collet-Serra tried to adapt “Akira” for Warners for an economical $60 million but that version didn’t work out and was ultimately shut down.

Ramirez’s background is that of television having served as a writer on “Sons of Anarchy,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Da Vinci’s Demons” and the first season of “Daredevil”. He’ll replace Steven S. DeKnight as show runner on “Daredevil” for the second season which is about to go into production and is due to air early next year.

DeKnight meanwhile is keeping busy with word today that the “Spartacus” creator has joined the ‘Transformers Writers Room’ braintrust at Paramount Pictures that is trying to develop multiple projects of a spin-off and sequel nature related to the “Transformers” franchise.

The first project due out of the group will be the upcoming fifth film in the series which Michael Bay is expected to direct when he finishes up his Benghazi drama “13 Hours”.

Source: Deadline