Warner Bros. is getting back on track with their long-awaited live action Akira adaptation, setting writer Marco Ramirez to pen the screenplay. We last reported on the project back in July 2014, when Edge of Tomorrow writer Dante Harper signed on to rewrite the Akira script. Jaume Collet-Serra was previously set to direct, but he is no longer involved.
The project has been in development since 2008, when Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the original Akira manga comics by Katsuhiro Ôtomo, which debuted in 1988. The project came very close to heading into production in 2012, when stars such as Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter were in negotiations to join the cast. The project eventually fell apart over casting, budget and script issues.
The original manga is set in Neo-Tokyo, centering on two brothers in a biker gang, Kaneda and Tetsuo, who become bitter rivals when one develops amazing telekinetic powers. There is no word yet on when production may start, or if Warner Bros. is currently looking for a new director. Marco Ramirez has previously written for shows such as FX's Sons of Anarchy, Netflix's Orange Is the New Black and Starz's Da Vinci's Demons, before moving on to Marvel's Daredevil, where he served as both a writer and producer. He will be taking over as co-showrunner with Douglas Petrie for the second season, replacing Steven S. DeKnight.