It is being reported that Warner Bros is eyeing Swedish horror directors, Daniel Espinosa (Life) and David Sandberg (Lights Out) for the live-action film adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 classic sci-fi Akira… Jeff Sneider made the big reveal during the latest episode of Meet The Movie Press.
Warner Bros is apparently still in early talks with both directors, but looks like Espinosa is slightly more likely get rather than Sandberg, as he has another projects at Warner Bros, said Sneider.
Warner Bros acquired the rights to bring the anime in big screen back in 2002. The 1988 Japanese science fiction anime film was directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, produced by Ryōhei Suzuki and Shunzō Katō and written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto… Akira the anime film was based on Otomo’s manga of the same name. Akira is considered to be one of the greatest animated and science fiction movies of all time.
Welcome to 21st-century neo-Tokyo, a vast metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by an apocalyptic blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when dormant paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, who becomes a target for a shadowy government agency who will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like that which leveled Tokyo. At the core of their motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear of an unthinkable, monstrous power known only as…Akira.