Akira Live-action Film Has Signed RoboCop Production Designer.

Omega Underground is reporting that production designer Martin Whist (Predator, RoboCop,Cabin In The Woods,Super 8, Cloverfield) has joined Warner Bros.’ live-action film adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira manga series.

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures acquired the rights to bring the anime in big screen back in 2002 for 7-figures deal with manga publisher Kodansha. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) producing the film with a script by Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta. Warner Bros.’ is planning to split the manga into two films, with each film covering three books in the series.

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The live-action film will adapt the original manga instead of the 1988 Japanese science fiction anime film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. The film will however but swap the Neo Tokyo setting with a New Manhattan, and will follow the leader of a biker gang when he saves his friend from a medical experiment.

Akira the anime film 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.

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