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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Akira Movie Shut Down (Again) [via IGN.com]

Warners reportedly sends the crew packing.

Warner Bros.' live-action retelling of Akira has reportedly been shut down -- for the fourth time in its long development history.
"The project, which has been through several incarnations, is being shut down in the face of casting and budgetary issues. The production offices in Vancouver are being closed, with below-the-line talent and crew told to stop working," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
THR says the producers and director Jaume Collet-Serra will convene for the next two weeks to "iron out the script," although it's unclear which screenwriter will be doing the doctoring for them.
The trade claims that if the issues can't be resolved then Akira will likely be killed entirely. But an insider told THR that Akira is "a very resilient movie. ... Warner Bros. just won't let it die."
The only cast member who was officially locked for the project was Tron: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund, who was cast as Kaneda.
News via IGN.com

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