Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Warner Bros. rumored to be developing three 'Akira' films with Christopher Nolan involved

Akira is one of those Hollywood projects that can just never get off the ground. When the original anime film premiered in 1988, it immediately shot to cult status and there was large interest in Hollywood in the rights to the film. Warner Bros. holds the rights to Akira now and they've been working on this project for an eternity. They've been working on this movie since before I even starting covering movies on this site and for the longest time, they couldn't seem to gain any traction on the tricky adaptation. The last we heard of the adaptation was that Jaume Collet-Serra was involved, but if this new report is to be believed, the director is most likely no longer attached to the project. Before Monday's report, the status of the adaptation was that Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way productions held the rights to the franchise and that they were actively trying to the get the film going. A new report from Den of Geek holds those facts true, but brings some new things to the table that could be very compelling for film fans.

According to the report, Warner Bros. is looking to do a full trilogy of films based off of the Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira, which will be "all the better to do justice to Otomo's sprawling dystopian sci-fi yarn." But the bigger news from the report is that Christopher Nolan is rumored to be involved, and that Den of Geek is hearing that Nolan has met with another filmmaker to talk about the film. This is very interesting because, of course, Warner Bros. recently dated Nolan's next film for July 21, 2017. Could this be the first in a trilogy of Akira films? Personally, I don't think so, and many of the other trades seem to be thinking the same way. After his work on The Dark Knight trilogy, I don't know if Nolan is keen on making another huge commitment to a franchise. However, working on an Akira series would be an interesting possibility for him and the fact that DiCaprio is involved is even more promising, since the two worked together on Inception. All of the pieces seem to be there, but we just don't know if they're going to ultimately come together. For now, this is just a rumor, but an interesting one at that.

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