While many thought Warner Bros. attempt at making Akira had been shuttered after the mostly white cast turned people off, Variety is reporting that the studio ha found a director in Jaume Collet-Serra.

Set in New Manhattan, story follows the leader of a biker gang who saves his friend from a medical experiment.

Well, I guess that explains the mostly white cast…

Collet-Serra is a fairly hot director in H’wood, as his track record has his movies making far more than the initial budget. “Unknown”, starring Liam Neeson brought in $130 million worldwide on an estimated $30 million budget.

via Variety

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  1. July 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    Hey, Holllywood. If your white washing the cast and changing it from Japan to USA, then don’t call it “Akira”. Call it “Allen” or “Alfred” or better yet “Bob”.

  2. Russ Catt
    July 15, 2011 at 7:35 am — Reply

    My eyes! The burning!
    Honestly though, I really fear for this project.

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