Warner Brothers is planning to turn Katsuhiro Otomo's classic Japanese graphic novel Akira into two live-action feature films, directed by Irish newcomer Ruairi Robinson.
Cinema and anime fans may know that Otomo himself directed an acclaimed animated adaptation of Akira in 1988. He will return to executive produce these new versions. According to Variety, "Each feature will be based on three of the books in Otomo's [six-part] series. The story takes place in New Manhattan, a metropolis that was rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years earlier."
Gary Whitta wrote the screenplay, and Andrew Lazar's Mad Chance will produce with Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson.
Let the (justifiable) anti-remake grumbling begin.