Live action Akira remake gets the green light

After years of outrageous casting rumours, directorial upheavals and vocal outrage from ardent fans, Warner Bros has officially given the green light to their long-gestating live action remake of Akira

According to VarietyJuame Collet-Serra will direct the $90 million movie, with shooting set to begin in either February or March of 2012.

Although names linked to the film have included Robert PattinsonAndrew GarfieldJames McAvoyMichael FassbenderChris PineJustin Timberlake and Joaquin PhoenixGarrett Hedlund is reported as the front-runner for the lead role of Kaneda.

Akira will be based on the 1988 Japanese anime, which itself was inspired by director Katsuhiro Otomo’s graphic novel of the same name.

It takes place after World War III, and tells the story of Kaneda, the leader of a biker gang who must stop his psychic former best friend Tetsuo from unleashing the fabled ‘Akira’ and causing another disaster.

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