by Chris Evangelista
It looks like the live-action Akira is still a go, and that Taika Waititi is still the most likely candidate to direct. A recent story revealed that the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced film had just scored $18.5 million in tax credits, indicating some form of production is coming down the track, and fast. Hollywood has been trying to bring a live-action adaptation of the 1988 Japanese animated film (and the manga of the same name) for several years now.
According to Deadline, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way “has been allocated $18.5 million for a live action version of Akira from Warner Bros.” Of the news, Ravi Mehta, Warner Bros. Pictures EVP of physical production and finance, said: “We are thrilled with the opportunity to shoot Akira in California. The availability of top-notch crew members, plus the wide variety of location choices and predictable weather are second to none.”
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