Recent Developments on the Akira live action movie...

The live action project is alive again in Warner Bros. Studio after a new team decided to take on the project.

Lots of diffuse information right now, but Twitch entertainment news site has reported that Gary Oldman (Sid and Nancy, Harry Potter films, Dark Knight trilogy) and Helena Bonham-Carter (A Room with a View, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The King's Speech) have been offered the roles of Colonel Shikishima  and Lady Miyako, respectively.

Also, Variety has reported that Garrett Hedlund, the star of last year's Tron: Legacy film, is a frontrunner for one of Akira's two male leads, although he has not been formally offered the role.

Production is set to begin in late February or early March 2012. According to the magazine, the film's current story goes as follows: "Set in New Manhattan, the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments."
The estimated budget has been projected as a “$90 million blockbuster.”
 >-<    Fan expectation is less than enthusiast regarding this project, given the failure of Dragon Ball and Speed Racer films.

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