July 14, 2011

Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures is in talks with Orphan and Unknown helmer Jaume Collet-Serra to direct the live-action Akira adaptation.

Ruairi Robinson and Albert Hughes were previously attached to direct the adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s graphic novel. Gary Whitta wrote the first draft of the script, while Albert Torres and the team of Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby also worked on the script. “Harry Potter” franchise writer Steve Kloves wrote the latest draft.

The trade says the $ 90 million-budgeted adaptation is set in New Manhattan. The story follows the leader of a biker gang who saves his friend from a medical experiment.

Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing with Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar. Otomo will executive produce.

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