'Akira' Resurrected With Jaume Collet-Serra Returning to Helm
Warner Bros. shut down its live-action Akira adaptation early last year due to concerns over the script and budget, but it is now back on, Variety has learned. Jaume Collet-Serra is in talks to helm the movie. Again.
Before its collapse back in 2012, the movie had a $90 million budget with Garrett Hedlund attached to play the title character. Ken Watanabe, Helena Bonham Carter, and Kristen Stewart were in various stages of negotiation. Collet-Serra was attached to direct.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, WB wanted the budget to be in the $60-$70 million range, although another source had said it was actually problems with the script that had halted the production and the budget would still remain in the $90 million range.
Collet-Serra, along with producers Andrew Lazar and Jennifer Kiloran Davisson, tried to modify the script to meet WB's requirements, but to no avail. The director eventually left to direct Liam Neeson in the thriller Non-Stop, which will be release on February 28, 2014.
Before restarting talks with Collet-Serra, WB had considered other directors like Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, but the studio determined it liked Collet-Serra's vision of the movie the best. More importantly, Collet-Serra supposedly found a way to make the movie that would meet WB's new budget, which is unknown at the moment.
Akira will begin production in spring 2014 after Collet-Serra is done with the Liam Neeson crime pic Run All Night. It's unknown whether or not Hedlund is still attached to star.