Dante Harper, who wrote the early drafts of the screenplay for “Edge of Tomorrow,” has been hired to work on the latest draft for the long gestating live-action adaptation of the anime and manga classic “Akira”.
This marks the first movement on the project in almost a year when Jaume Collet-Serra was in talks to direct. The “Akira” job is just one of two new projects for Harper who is also set to pen “The Secret of the Temple” script for Fox 2000. That story deals with the race to secure a $20 billion treasure vault under a temple in India.
Harper penned ‘Edge’ based on the Japanese young adult novel “All You Need is Kill”. His work was then re-written by several others. It’s not known how much of an overhaul he’s intending to give the “Akira” script or how loyal it will be to Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1980s manga and its subsequent film.
The likes of Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Ken Watanabe were attached to a previous version of the project.