Harry Potter Scribe To Tackle “Akira”

Steve Kloves, who adapted the scripts for all the films in the “Harry Potter” series (aside from ‘Order of the Phoenix’), has been recruited to polish Warner Bros. Pictures live-action remake of Japanese manga epic “Akira” reports Variety.

Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume cyberpunk manga was set in a neon-lit futuristic post-nuclear war “New Tokyo” in 2019. Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a secret government project known as Akira. Trying to save him, Kaneda runs into anti-government activists, corrupt politicians, irresponsible scientists and a despotic military leader.

The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo’s supernatural power leading to not only death but the uncovering of the truth about Akira that the government tried to bury three decades before. The story was previously adapted into a 1988 anime film which is considered a classic of the genre. This version plans to stick close to the original manga and could spread the story across several films.

Albert Torres (“Henry Poole is Here”) was hired back in June last year to pen the most recent draft of the script. Early drafts were done by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta. Albert Hughes is directing and no start date is yet set.