Live Action Akira Gets A Director?

Can Ruari Robinson make this happen?

Live Action Akira Gets A Director?

by Olly Richards |
Published on

Almost ever since the animated film of Katsuhiro Otomo's seminal manga series Akira was released in 1988 there has been talk of a possible live action version. Bloody Disgusting is now reporting that Warner Bros have hired a director for the oft-rumoured movie in order to beat the impending strike (which they're going to have to be pretty swift about now).

The job of bringing to life the post-apocalyptic thriller of creepy psychics and biker gangs will apparently go to Irish director Ruari Robinson. Robinson hasn't directed any features, but you can watch his highly atmospheric short Silent City here{ =nofollow}. It shows he's got some great visual skill, which is certainly required for a film like this.

There was word back in 2003 that Stephen Norrington (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) would direct from a script by James Robinson, but we have to say that, despite his inexperience, this Robinson sounds a more interesting choice.

What do you think? Should Akira be removed from its animated world at all?

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us