Unknown Director Explodes onto Akira

Warner Bros. has tapped UNKNOWN director Jaume Collet-Serra to helm its live-action adaptation of AKIRA, reports Variety.

Warner Bros. has tapped UNKNOWN director Jaume Collet-Serra to helm its live-action adaptation of AKIRA, reports Variety. Now the film will carry a budget of $90 million.

Based on Katsuhiro Otomo's graphic novel, the story follows a biker gang leader who tries to save his best friends from a government experiment designed to unleash people's psychic abilities.

Gary Whitta, Albert Torres and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby all took cracks at the script. HARRY POTTER's Steve Kloves is working on the most recent draft.

Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar are the producers.

Previously, Ruairi Robinson and Albert Hughes both flirted with directing the film, but dropped out over creative differences.

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