It’s no secret that Warner Bros is producing a live action adaptation of the animated feature Akira. We already knew it was in development and that Albert Hughes would direct, but the actual script has always been up in the air — until now. According to Variety, Steve Kloves has been tapped to pen the Akira screenplay.
If Kloves’ name sounds familiar to you it’s probably because he’s written all of the Harry Potter film adaptations with the exception of the fifth one: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was written by Michael Goldenberg. The latest version of the Akira script was penned by Albert Torres, with earlier drafts by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta.
The movie will be based on anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s 6-volume graphic novel that’s become a worldwide phenomenon among fans. For years there’s been talk of adapting the property but the majority of the plans have fallen through. Warner Bros together with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way will produce the film.
What do you think of Kloves adapting Akira’s story? Do you think he’s the right man for the job?