The long-gestating production has been in development for some time, and has hit a number of roadblocks along the way. Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes had previously been attached to direct, before parting ways with the project back in May. Akira has also had trouble securing cast members. Keanu Reeves passed on the role of Kaneda last month.
Jaume Collet-Serra will direct Akira from a screenplay by Steve Kloves. The story centers on Kaneda, the leader of a New Manhattan biker gang who tries to rescue his friend, Tetsuo, from a mysterious medical experiment.
Leonardo DiCaprio is producing Akira through his Appian Way production company, along with Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Andrew Lazar. Katsuhiro Ôtomo, who created the graphic novel this project is based on, is executive producing.
No production schedule has been released for Akira, which will be budgeted at $90 million.