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Live-Action Akira Film to Shoot in California, Receive US$18.5 Million Tax Credit

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Warner Bros., Leonardo DiCaprio's project must begin production within 180 days

The California Film Commission revealed on Tuesday that Warner Bros.' live-action Akira film will shoot entirely in California and receive a tax credit of US$18.5 million. The project must begin production within 180 days to receive the tax credit.

The project is scheduled to shoot on 71 days of filming in California. The film will generate an estimated US$92 million in qualified spending, including US$43 million in wages to 200 below-the-line crew members and more than 5,000 extras.

Director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) confirmed in an interview in April 2018 that he was still working on the project. Waititi has not confirmed whether or not he is the director on the project. Waititi also confirmed at that time that he planned to adapt the original manga as opposed to the anime film adaptation.

Deadline described the project's story in 2017 as taking place "in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment." Deadline also described the project as spanning two films, with each film tackling three volumes Katsuhiro Ōtomo's original manga. Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar is producing the film alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson's Appian Way Productions.

In October 2011, Warner officially green-lit the film for director Jaume Collett-Serra (Unknown, Orphan, House of Wax). However, The Hollywood Reporter then posted that production had shut down in January 2012, before filming would have started. Warner had stalled the project to revise the script so it would be less costly. Collett-Serra said in February 2014 that he was still working on the project, but he then told the Collider website that there was no progress on the project as of March 2015.

Source: Variety (Dave McNary)

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