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.
“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.”
“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.