The live-action Hollywood adaptation of the classic manga/ anime, Akira, has been in production limbo since Warner Brothers gained the rights to adapt it into a live-action movie. However, new rumors around Hollywood have been floating around that a successful hero movie director will be attached to the project.


According to an unnamed source “close to Warner Bros”, Christopher Nolan, best known for the Dark Knight Trilogy, which includes Heath Ledger’s Academy Award-winning performance as The Joker, is the one who will be acting as the Akira Hollywood adaptation’s director. Nolan had recently met with one of the directors previously attached to the Akira adaptation to discuss some material. However, these are still rumors and there is still no official announcement regarding the fact that Nolan may produce Akira.

Reports that Warner Brothers has gotten the rights to Akira started back in 2002, and several actors, such as Keanu Reeves, Garrett Hedlund, and Kristen Stewart, have been attached to the project.

Hollywood’s live-action adaptations (or any live-action adaptations of an anime or manga, whether it be Hollywood or Japanese) have usually been met with concern from fans who have been dismayed by live-action films, most notorious of which is Dragon Ball Evolution, which everyone wants to forget about.

However, the success of one manga-based Hollywood movie, Edge of Tomorrow, which starred Tom Cruise and is adapted from the manga, All You Need is Kill, is making everyone hopeful that not all live-action Hollywood adaptations will turn out to be bad.

Source: Den of Geek