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Akira production to shut down?

January 6th, 2012 by Marc Comments

The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that production on a big budget version of AKIRA is closing down.

Sources say budgetary concerns, with Warner Bros. trying to bring it down to $70m from $90m, and at least one source saying the script, by Steve Kloves, isn’t ready, are to blame.

Jaume Collet-Serra was set to direct the film which would depict a dystopian Neo-Tokyo in 2019. The plot focuses on biker Tetsuo Shima (Nozomu Sasaki) and his psychic powers and the biker gang member Shotaro Kaneda (Mitsuo Iwata), who tries to prevent Tetsuo from releasing the dangerous psychic Akira.

It was originally released as a Japanese anime movie in 1988.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….