Bloody Disgusting is reporting that the Leonardo DiCaprio producedÂ live action version of Akira has died a slow death in Pre-Pro Hell.
“Akira” originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story was set in a neon-lit futuristic post-nuclear war “New Tokyo” in 2019 where a teen biker gang member is subjected to a government experiment which unleashes his latent powers. The gang’s leader must find a way to stop the ensuing swathe of destruction.
The film was to be a two-part film of epic proportions, but unless Warner Bros. and Appian Way can get their act together, don’t expect to see this tale appear on the screen anytime soon.