According to The Hollywood Reporter Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio are joining forces to produce a two-part live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's anime classic Akira. Ruairi Robinson has been tapped to direct the films from a screenplay/adaptation by Gary Whitta.
Akira has been in development in
In 1988 Katsuhiro Otomo directed the Akira anime, which was based on his manga. With its post-apocalyptic cyberpunk narrative and its incredibly fluid animation (the film utilized more than 160,000 cels), Akira demonstrated conclusively that animation wasn't just for kids and was one of the key films in the development of anime fandom in