Jaume Collet-Serra to direct Akira remake

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 水曜日, 7月 20, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Spanish Catalan director Jaume Collet-Serra has been tapped to direct a live-action remake of “Akira”, Variety entertainment magazine reports.

Akira manga

Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk science fiction film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and starring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama and Taro Ishida. The screenplay is based on Otomo’s manga Akira.

Akira (1988film)

The film depicts a dystopian Neo-Tokyo in 2019. The plot focuses on biker Tetsuo Shima (Nozomu Sasaki) and his psychological powers and the biker gang member Shotaro Kaneda (Mitsuo Iwata), who tries to hunt down Tetsuo from releasing Akira.

Images of life-size Akira replica bike

The Warner Brothers sci-fi film―based on the 1988 film―would be set in “New Manhattan” and follow the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, found to have superhuman abilities, from medical examiners.

Otomo will executive produce the new version, Variety said in its report.

Unknown (2011 film)

Collet-Serra has previously directed this year’s “Unknown,” starring Liam Neeson, as well as horror thrillers “House of Wax” (2005) and “Orphan” (2009).

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