'Akira' isn't dead, it just gets a new director. Too bad.
Just when we broke out the bubbly upon hearing word that the live-action Akira remake was deader than a sack of doorknobs, sources are saying no, the only real change is that a new director has been found to replace Albert Hughes. The Juice* would like to just nuke this project and get it over with.
Rumors filtered across the Internet that with Hughes gone, as we told you back in May, the creative team was dismissed and preproduction was shuttered. Not so, says Variety, which reports Spaniard Jaume Collet-Serra, who made House of Wax, Orphan and Unknown, is the new master of ceremonies, and he'll get a new budget of $90 million, which is lower than the original projected budget of nobody-really-knows-how-much.
There's still no cast for the translation of the seminal Katsuhiro Otomo manga, although Keanu Reeves has reportedly passed on the project. Apparently he doesn't like the idea of moving the story to New York and making the cast full of white people, either.