Allen and Albert Hughes also directed the “The Book of Eli” for Warner Bros. Thus far, the Denzel Washington-led thriller has grossed $93 million worldwide.
“Akira” is based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s widely praised six-volume manga (or Japanese comic
book). Originally set in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, the new feature story line takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan, where two friends in a biker gang struggle with the after-effects of an accident that gives one of them psychic powers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Iron Man” and “Children of Men” writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby have drafted the new “Akira” script with Gary Whitta, who wrote “Eli.” Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran of Appian Way are producing with Andrew Lazar.
Otomo will serve as an executive producer. He directed an anime version of his manga in 1988. (Watch trailer below.)