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DiCaprio's "Akira" Remake Is Dead?

By Garth Franklin Monday June 15th 2009 03:13PM

The Leonardo DiCaprio-produced live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's classic 1988 anime feature "Akira" has been ditched according to Bloody Disgusting.

The project was a two-part film that Warners and DiCaprio's Appian Way had been developing with Gary Whitta ("The Book of Eli") scripting and Ruairi Robinson directing.

Now according to BD, who first broke the news of the project 18 months ago, not only has Robinson left the project but the overall project is "dead as a doornail" according to two sources.

The original film's story was set in a neon-lit futuristic post-nuclear war "New Tokyo" in 2019 where a teen biker gang member is subjected to a government experiment which unleashes his latent powers. The gang's leader must find a way to stop the ensuing swathe of destruction

The new version shifted the action to "New Manhattan," a city rebuilt by Japanese money. At one time Joseph Gordon-Levitt was rumored to be attached to play Tetsuo.

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