The production history behind Warner Bros. Akira remakes has to be one of the most tumultuous ever. But fresh reports from Den of Geek suggest that not only is the movie getting yet another go-ahead from the studio, but none other than their favourite child Christopher Nolan is the one who's going to be shepherding the project.
Based on Katsuhiro Otomo's classic manga and anime film of the same name, the American remake has been floundering around for the better part of two decades. Keanu Reeves was set to star initially but when director Jaume Collet-Serra (way too many Liam Neeson movies) came onboard he brought with him Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart.
Last we heard Leonarndo DiCaprio's Appian Way was producing the film with Sons of Anarchy screenwriter Marco J Ramirez also attached.Den of Geek also reports that not only is Warners going ahead with the film but are bullishly planning a trilogy. And with the latest reports suggesting that Collet-Serra has also moved on from the project that leaves the director's chair momentarily unoccupied.
This comes high on the heels of news that Warners had scheduled the new Christopher Nolan movie for a July 2017 release date. While they offered no further details, the date itself is bang in the middle of the summer movie season.
And since Nolan hasn't made a 'small' movie in a really long time, all signs point to his next film also being big.
What must be noted is that while Nolan directed three Batman films, he did put his own unique spin on them. He isn't one to simply remake a movie.
Or this may not be the case at all, because Den of Geek can't verify in what capacity Nolan's joined the project. He could simply be only producing the movie as he did with Man of Steel.Whatever may be the case, Akira fits right in Nolan's wheelhouse: Hard sci-fi with noir undertones. And any form of Nolan involvement is something everyone should be very excited about.