Reporting suggesting that Warner Bros. has pushed back production on Taika Waititi’s live-action film adaptation of Akira. It was previously revealed that filming will begin on July 15th in Los Angeles. Now Discussing Film reporting that Warner Bros. have hired the cinematographer, production designer and costume designer for film, have pushed back production to August 19th.
Waititi’s live-action film adaptation will be based on Otomo manga instead of the 1988 classic sci-fi. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) producing the film. Michael Golamco (‘Always Be My Maybe’) will also co-write the screenplay with Taika Waititi.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures acquired the rights to bring the manag in big screen back in 2002 for 7-figures deal with manga publisher Kodansha. Warner Bros.’ is planning to split the manga into two films, with each film covering three books in the series.
Otomo Launch Akira manga series in Young Magazine from 1982 until 1990. The manga received an anime film adaptation directed by Katsuhiro Otomo himself, produced by Ryōhei Suzuki and Shunzō Katō and written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto. Akira is considered to be one of the greatest animated and science fiction movies of all time.
Akira will be released in cinemas on May 21, 2021.
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.