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Live-action 'Akira' remake is back on at Warner Bros.
Akira is coming back to life...again.
Warner Bros.' troubled, on-again-off-again live action "Akira" remake has been resurrected once again, with director Jaume Collet-Serra ("Unknown"), who left the project in early 2012, in talks to return.
The remake went through a rocky pre-production process, where budget and script issue forced the studio to pull the plug on the project just weeks before filming began, resulting in Collet-Serra's departure.
Warners is keen on revamping "Akira" with a smaller budget in mind, and recently considered other directors who would keep costs low -- including "Catfish's" Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman -- before re-signing Collet-Serra, according to Variety.
The new take on "Akira," based on Katsuhiro Otomo's original Japanese manga and his subsequent 1988 anime adaptation, will transfer all the apocalyptic, motorcycle-riding, telekinetic action from Neo-Tokyo to a futuristic Manhattan.
"Tron Legacy's" Garrett Hedlund was once attached to star but it is unknown if he will be involved in the latest iteration.
Meanwhile, Collet-Serra is reuniting with "Unknown" star Neeson for 2014's "Non Stop."