AceShowbiz - "Akira" is apparently brought back from the dead. According to a scoop from The Hollywood Reporter, Marco Ramirez is hired to pen the long-delayed live-action adaptation of the Japanese classic manga for Warner Brothers.
Ramirez's credits include "Sons of Anarchy", "Orange Is the New Black", and "Da Vinci's Demons". He is also attached to oversee the second season of Netflix's Marvel series "Daredevil", replacing Steven S. DeKnight.
The project has been in the works since 2008. Jaume Collet-Serra ("Non-Stop") was on board to direct but production was stalled in March this year. Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe, and Helena Bonham Carter were among the rumored casting mix but no one has been officially signed on.
The original 1980s manga follows two biker brothers who find themselves pitted against each other when one begins abusing his newly acquired telekinetic powers. The movie was once rumored to change the original setting of Tokyo to a Neo-Manhattan.