The long-gestating live-action Hollywood adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s iconic six-book manga and 1988 anime film “Akira” took a big step towards reality today.
The California Film Commission has announced that the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced project from Warner Bros. will shoot in California and receive an $18.5 million tax credit – by far the biggest of the allocations the CFC revealed today as part of the state’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0.
Seventeen other titles made the list, they are tipped to generate an estimated $408 million total in qualified expenditures. “Akira” will reportedly generate an estimated $92 million in qualified spending and is scheduled to film entirely in the U.S. state over the course of 71 filming days.
Set in the wake of the third World War, the story in the remake takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan (shifting from the Neo Tokyo of the original) where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment.
The project has been in the works for a decade or so with the likes of Jaume Collet-Serra (“The Shallows”), Jordan Peele (“Us”), Justin Lin (“Fast Five”), Daniel Espinosa (“Life”) and David Sandberg (“Shazam”) all attached at one point or another. At last report, Taika Waititi was slated to direct while Andrew Lazar and Jennifer Davisson are producing and indications today are that’s still the case.