If you thought that John Wick was the only big gun violently making its way to cinemas on May 21, 2021, you‘d be wrong. Warner Bros. will also be bringing the MANGA classic “Akira” which was originally written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo, set in a post-apocalyptic 2060 Tokyo Japan. No details about the plot were announced from Warner Bros.
Akira tells the story of Shōtarō Kaneda: A leader of a local biker gang and his childhood friend (Tetsuo Shima). They acquire incredible telekinetic abilities after being involved in a motorcycle accident. Eventually, both threaten an entire military complex in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo Japan. The 1988 film adaption was heavily inspired by the 6th Volume Manga classic, even though it drastically made plot changes from the original MANGA.
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The film is set to be directed by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. The film has been in development for quite some time and has been at the top of the studio producing list. Landing a prolific and visual director was imperative for the project and the studio feels confident Taika will deliver a true cinematic experience.
It’s reported that Warner Bros. will shoot “Akira” entirely in California for 71 days. And although no budget for the film was given, it’s said that the film will generate $43 million in wages to 200 below-the-line crew members and more than 5,000 extras/stand-ins. What are your thoughts on the new Director of “Akira“? Be sure to check Reel Anarchy for more updates on the film.