Director Collet-Serra: No Progress on Live-Action Akira
posted on by Egan Loo
Jaume Collet-Serra, the proposed director of Warner Brothers' stalled live-action Akira film project, told the Collider website that there is no progress on the project: "No, no. There's nothing.” He added that he has not decided on his next movie since he just finished two movies (Non-Stop, Run All Night) in three years. When Collider asked if there is no hope for the Akira project, he responded, "It's a Warner Bros. question."
In interviews that Collider and the ComingSoon entertainment news website posted in February 2014, Collet-Serra mentioned that he had been still working on the project, and that he had hoped it will be his next one. Variety reported in August 2013 that Collet-Serra was possibly rejoining the project, stating that, if he returned, he would direct the project in Spring 2014.
Warner had stalled the project in 2012 to revise the script so it would be less costly. Akira manga creator and anime director Katsuhiro Otomo was reportedly going to oversee the project as executive producer. Before Collet-Serra, the stalled project would have involved actor Garrett Hedlund, writer Gary Whitta, and directors Ruairi Robinson and Albert Hughes, among other principals.