Director for Akira film
There's a rumour going about that a live action version of the anime epic Akira is going to make it to the big screen.
The word is light but the classic film is heading to a live action remake from Warner Brothers with the director Ruairi Robinson.
Ruairi Robinson directed The Silent City and Fifty Percent Grey. There came an announcement years ago that an Akira script was being developed. The story comes from Bloody Disgusting through Coming Soon.
Robinson is an Irish Director who has received quite a bit of acclaim for his two films, particularly the last one The Silent City, which you can watch in it's entirety over at BDTV.
Akira is a classic anime that has moved from magazine to animated film. It was made in 1988 and became a cult classic. It tells the story of a Japan in the future, of bike gangs, Government secret projects and of kids empowered with psychic powers. The visuals are quite stunning in places, and it would suggest quite a big budget, but perhaps Robinson is the man to do it.
It's worth watching the short film to see for yourself, however I wasn't blown away by the film. At least we might get to see those cool bikes on screen and maybe that could trigger some production models being made!!