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Iron Man Screenwriters Working on Akira

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on September 12, 2009

Akira

Published by Jeff Leins – NewsinFilm.com

Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, two of the screenwriters on Iron Man, are working on a live-action adaptation of Japenese anime Akira.  Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is still producing for Warner Bros, though no word on whether they’re considering the double feature announced in February 2008.

Since the press release, there has been very little news of the continued project after a seven figure deal with Katsuhiro Otomo, the manga series author, original anime director, and now executive producer.  One report a few months ago even declared it “dead as a doornail,” at least in its previous form.

The update comes from Collider, who confirmed the setting is still post-apocalyptic Manhattan in “the near future” (the previous film was in 2019).  It will definitely include the famous motorcycle and a teen biker gang member subjected to government experimentation.

The article says WB is planning an “event movie” and will make this a priority financially and logistically sometime in 2010 for a possible 2011 release.  Ruirai Robinson was originally set to make his directorial debut, but I don’t know if that’s still the case.  No casting has been decided either, so rumors of DiCaprio or Joseph Gordon-Levitt co-starring in anything but Inception are false.

Fergus and Ostby have also been tapped to write Cowboys and Aliens for Robert Downey Jr. and possibly director Jon Favreau.  The team also contributed to Children of Men

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