DiCaprio to remake Akira

Hollywood hearthrob turned staunch environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio is set to bring the iconic 1988 Japanese film Akira to the big screen as a live action movie. The film, which is envisaged as a two-part epic, will be the feature debut for director Ruairi Robinson, who was Oscar nominated in 2001 for his sci-fi short Fifty … Continued

phriitvv05xduw_m.jpgHollywood hearthrob turned staunch environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio is set to bring the iconic 1988 Japanese film Akira to the big screen as a live action movie.

The film, which is envisaged as a two-part epic, will be the feature debut for director Ruairi Robinson, who was Oscar nominated in 2001 for his sci-fi short Fifty Percent Grey, with Gary Whitta handling writing duties and DiCaprio producing through his production company Appian Way.

In keeping with Hollywood’s long-standing tradition of westernizing their remakes of overseas films, this Akira will be relocating the story to the US and to ‘New Manhattan’. A Summer 2009 release is currently being eyed up for the first of the two films.