Release Date: [PROJECT HAS BEEN POSTPONED]
Director: TBDCast: TBD
Category: Reinterpretation of the Akira comic book/remake of the animated feature.
Our take: This version of Akira is playing things fast (and very loose) with the source material: the futuristic dystopia of Neo-Tokyo has been traded for the futuristic dystopia of Neo-Manhattan (hence the non-Japanese characters), and a lot of the post-WWII allegory is going to be replaced by a different thematic narrative. All that change hasn't stopped fans of the Japanese Akira from crying foul, though.
TRON Legacy star Garrett Hedlund isn't the most inspired choice to play the lead role of biker gang leader Kaneda, but director Jaume Collet-Serra has turned in some very solid work in films like Orphan and Unknown. With a screenwriting team that includes Iron Man duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby - as well as Steve Kloves (the Harry Potter movies) - it's safe to say that, from a personnel standpoint, Akira isn't a complete disaster...yet.
UPDATE: Currently the project is dead in the water. We'll see if it stays that way.