Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira is one of the most successful manga/anime out west, so it’s unsurprising that Hollywood will be adapting it to film. And now, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed new details on the upcoming movie. According to the report, Leonardo DiCaprio and Appian Way are producing the movie, with Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi directing.
They also announced that they will be filming the live-action Akira film in California. The shoot is scheduled to have 71 filming days, though they haven’t revealed and cast members yet. The movie will also receive 18.5 million USD worth of tax credits under the California Film Commission’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0.
Warner Bros. Pictures executive Vice President Revi Matha expressed enthusiasm about shooting the film in California. He says it makes it easier to find skilled crew members, extras, etc., many of whom live in the state.
Based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira manga, the story takes place in the future called Neo Tokyo. Many still consider it as one of the greatest works of Japanese animation of all time. It has many fans in Hollywood, including legendary Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.
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