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Background: A live-action version of Katsuhiro Otomo's cyberpunk manga "Akira" has been percolating since 2002, when Warner Bros. acquired the rights with director Stephen Norrington ("Blade") on board to direct. Since that time no less than three directors (Albert Hughes, Jaume Collet-Serra and Irish short film director Ruairi Robinson) have been attached at the helm, and a litany of (yes, mostly-white) actors including Zac Efron, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, James Franco, Michael Fassbender, Justin Timberlake, Kristen Stewart, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Keanu Reeves have been linked with various roles.
Current status: Late last year it finally looked as if a version with Serra directing and "Tron: Legacy" actor Garrett Hedlund playing Kaneda would make it to the big-screen, only for the Vancouver production office to be shut down in January following concerns over the film's $90 million budget. With Serra and the film's producers forced back to the drawing board to try and come up with a less-expensive version of the film, "Akira" fans are once again in waiting mode.
- Chris Eggertsen