Fans of the Japanese manga Akira have been waiting patiently for a live-action film for some time. In 2012, Warner Bros. was set to produce, but due to issues with the budget, script and casting the project was canceled. Now the studio has hired Sons of Anarchy and Daredevil writer Marco Ramirez to adapt the popular manga.
Ramirez is well-known for writing many of the episodes for Netflix‘s Daredevil. He will also serve as co-showrunner on the second season of the series along with Doug Petrie. They will be replacing Steven DeKnight (Spartacus,) who has joined Paramount‘s Transformers writers’ room.
The post apocalyptic storyline of the original Akira manga followed two childhood best friends Kaneda and Tetsuo, who are members of a motorcycle gang. Their friendship is shattered after Tetsuo gains and abuses his psychic powers.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio under his Appian Way banner will produce along with Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) and his company Mad Chance. Warner Bros. executives Drew Crevello and Nik Mavinkurve will oversee the revived project for the studio.
Sources: The Wrap, wikipedia