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Warner Bros. has given the okay to make 'Akira,' possibly with Garrett Hedlund

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Neo-Tokyo has been resurrected from the ashes once again, as Warner Bros. has officially given the green light to make a live-action version of the epic manga yarn Akira. Even a huge public outcry over casting all white boys isn't enough to keep this one down.

Variety says production could begin as early as February, featuring Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra and a budget of $90 million, which is $10 million less than previous figures. They also are looking for a Tetsuo and Kaneda, and Tron: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund is considered a front-runner. He seems like he could go either direction for this one.

That's certainly a better choice than Robert Pattinson or Justin Timberlake, although we still think it needs to be set in Tokyo and feature Japanese actors. But what do we know? Katsuhiro Otomo, the series' creator and director of the 1988 anime, is executive producer for this round, so if he's okay with it, all the fanboys should probably calm down.

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[Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:10pm]

    

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