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Anime Classic Akira To Go Live

Warner Bros. is developing an English language, live-action version of anime classic AKIRA, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. A Warner Bros. spokesman confirmed Warner Bros., has hired comic book writer James Robinson (THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN for Twentieth Century Fox Films) to adapt the script from director Katshuhiro Otomo's 1988 movie masterpiece.

Robinson is also writing a live-action feature based on Mattel Inc.'s Hot Wheels to be produced by John Baldecchi and Jason Hoffs for Columbia Pictures. Stephanie Savage of Wonderland Prods. will exec produce the Hot Wheels actioner centered on a charismatic young hero.