Director Jaume Collet-Serra Hopes AKIRA Will Be His Next Project

     February 9, 2014


After spending years trying to get a live-action adaptation of Akira off the ground, it seemed as though Jaume Collet-Serra was going to be the man to do it – that is until plans imploded due to budget issues.  However, two years after Warner Bros. insisted on re-working the script to bring down the $90 million tab, news broke that the project was back on track.  In August, word got out that Collet-Serra was in discussions to re-board the production and apparently those discussions went quite well because Collet-Serra himself confirmed he’s actively working on the project.  Hit the jump for more.

jaume-collett-serra-akiraWhile talking to the director about his latest film, Non-Stop, Collet-Serra made a point to note:

“I’m focusing on Akira though.”

In fact, Akira might even be his next endeavor because he also added:

“So hopefully that’s the next one.”

The main issue for Warner Bros. has been that big budget. The Albert Hughes version of the adaptation apparently would have cost them $180 million and even though Collet-Serra’s only called for $90 million, it still wasn’t low enough. The studio wanted the film to fall within the $60 million to $70 million range. Collet-Serra didn’t confirm if he hit an appropriate number and whether that’s why Warner Bros. is giving him the go-ahead, but he still noted:

“I’ve done two movies since I put this little pause on that project … but now powers that be are interested.”

akira_movie_imageWhen asked if there was a specific component of the production that he deemed worthy of higher costs, Collet-Serra explained that it comes down to the big picture more than anything.

“No, it’s an overall conceptual thing. You know, it’s how big the movie should be, you know, for the complexity of the concept.”

You can catch Collet-Serra discussing his plans for Akira in the clip below and be sure to keep an eye out for our full chat with the director as we near the February 28th release of Non-Stop.

Please enable Javascript to watch this video


Around The Web

Latest News

GAMBIT Might Lose Channing Tatum

The actor’s involvement in the upcoming superhero film has become tenuous.

FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S: Gil Kenan to Direct Film Adaptation

Kenan is the director behind the recent 'Poltergeist' remake.

Michael Douglas Hasn’t Signed on for Future Marvel Movies

The actor remains open to returning to the MCU, but doesn’t have the studio's standard multi-picture deal.

13 HOURS Red-Band Trailer Reveals Michael Bay’s Benghazi Movie

John Krasinski and James Badge Dale lead the timely action thriller.

WONDER WOMAN: Chris Pine Closes Deal to Play Steve Trevor

The actor will star opposite Gal Gadot in Patty Jenkins’ upcoming superhero movie.

TRANSFORMERS: Steven S. DeKnight Talks about Working in the Writers Room

The ‘Daredevil: Season One’ showrunner reveals what it was like working on the future of the ‘Transformers’ franchise.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III Revisited: “I’m Gonna Die Unless You Kill Me”

The series rebounds by diving into Ethan Hunt’s personal life.

Alternate HITMAN: AGENT 47 Posters and TV Spot Featuring Music by Eminem

Starring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, and Hannah Ware, 'Hitman: Agent 47' opens August 21st.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5: Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson Play “Would You Rather”

But the big question is, could Simon Pegg *really* beat Tom Cruise in a footrace?

Collider Movie Talk – MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5 Review, GAMBIT Begins Shooting In Fall, and More

The gang also talks 'Bob the Musical', artwork from 'Kung Fu Panda 3', and more.

Page 1 of 4,06412345...102030...Last »