AKIRA Pre-Production Halted Yet Again

New scribe may be brought in to re-tool the remake.

Pre-production on the live-action remake of ‘Akira,’ which has Jaume Collet-Serra attached to direct, has once again been halted by Warner Bros.

Insiders close to the project tell Variety that producers are looking to iron out problems with the script. The long in development remake of the classic 80’s anime, which currently only has ‘Tron: Legacy’ star Garrett Hedlund attached to star, has already gone through rewrites from Steve Kloves and David James Kelly.

Variety’s sources are claiming that a new writer will probably be brought on over the next two weeks to focus on character elements, and that while no scribe has been offered the job, Warners is said to be eyeing Jonathan Nolan (‘The Dark Knight,’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Person of Interest’) and Michael Green (‘Green Lantern’).

The studio also reportedly narrowed down its choices for the role of Tetsuo to Michael Pitt (‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Funny Games’) and Dane DeHaan (‘The Place Beyond the Pines,’ ‘Chronicle’), but delayed a casting decision until after the Christmas holidays. Now with the script delays that decision has been delayed further.