New Writer to Adapt Live-Action 'Akira' Remake

Posted 11:44 AM July 22nd, 2014 by Binh Ngo

A new writer has come on board to pen Warner Bros.' live-action take on Akira, the 1988 animation about a youth's emerging, but dangerous, psychic powers and his friend's desperate attempt to save him.

According to Deadline, Dante Harper is now working on the script for Jaume Collet-Serra to direct. Harper worked on Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow, but did not receive credit for it, and he also wrote The Last Witch Hunter for Lionsgate.

Back in 2012, Akira was in the process of casting up when WB suddenly closed down the production and sent everyone home due to concerns over the project's $180 million budget and the relatively unproven Garrett Hedlund headlining it.

For the restart, the studio reportedly wants the budget to be somewhere in the $60-$90 range, so Harper will have to be judicious in how many effects-heavy scenes to write in.

Warner Bros. paid seven figures for the rights to Akira, so it's not like the studio is going to sit on the project while the rights expire, but we'll have to see if a sub-$100 million budget can do the adaptation justice.

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