by: S. Scott Stanikmas
It looks like Warner Bros is gearing up for another shot at adapting the post-apocalyptic manga, Akira.
The movie studio has announced that it will once again take a stab at getting this property up on the big screen and they’ve hired a new writer according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Marco J. Ramirez has been tapped to write the script for the long-languishing project for Warner Bros. Ramirez got his start writing episodes of Sons Of Anarchy and Da Vinci’s Demons before moving on to write for the Marvel / Netflix series Daredevil.
Ramirez was just recently promoted to showrunner on the Netflix show alongside Doug Petrie.
Akira has been in development hell since Warner Bros acquired the rights in 2008. A number of stars, writers and directors have been attached at various times. The closest it came to being made was in 2012 when Garret Hedlund, Helena Bonham Carter, Kristen Stewart and Ken Watanbae were in varying stages of deal-making before the plug got pulled.
The classic manga from the 80s tells the story of two brothers who join rival motorcylce gangs in post-nuclear apocalypse Neo-Tokyo. When one brother begins to abuse his telekinetic powers, the other brother feels it is his obligation to step in and stop him.