Gary Whitta Talks “Akira” Remake

After a few months of murmurs and development on an American remake of Japanese 1988 anime classic “Akira”, word came not long ago that the entire project has been scrapped.

Now, “The Book of Eli” screenwriter Gary Whitta tells Coming Soon that his involvement in the project has long since past.

“I haven’t worked on it for about a year. The version I worked on was about going back to the source and doing the manga version. We were going to adapt the whole six-episode graphic novel” says Whitta. The “Akira” film was based on the first two episodes of Katsuhiro Otomo’s acclaimed manga.

He adds that he got notes from Otomo while working on the script, but his work “was very, very preliminary. We did a couple of drafts of the script but, when I was there at least, it never got wrapped up to the point where I think he would get really hands on.”

Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby now have scripting duties on the project and Whitta claims to have no idea how it’s progressing.