Live-Action Akira Director Collet-Serra Linked to Other Projects
posted on by Justin Sevakis
Entertaintment trade news source Variety reported on February 2 that director Jaume Collet-Serra has signed on to direct Quean, a pilot for an American CBS television series written by Ilene Chaiken and Joel Silver. The pilot is said to be about a female hacker who assists the police in solving crimes. Collet-Serra is the Catalonian director currently attached to direct the live-action Akira film at Warner Brothers with producer Leonardo DiCaprio.
In the United States, television pilots are one-episode tests that are produced for television networks, and are used to decide what shows will eventually be acquired for broadcast. Television directors are typically only brought in for a single episode at a time, with their total involvement covering a number of weeks.
Separately, New York magazine's Vulture blog reported last Friday that the director is also attached to direct Harker, a re-imagining of Bram Stoker's Dracula stories. The film will be produced by DiCaprio, and Warner Brothers is currently talking to various potential stars, including Russell Crowe. Vulture reported that Akira in its current state was considered by Warner Brothers to be too costly, and that the studios' current plan is to have Collet-Serra direct Harker first, and then return to the live-action Akira project with a lower budget.