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Live-Action 'Akira' Production Offices Shut Down

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Warner Bros. has shut down production offices in Vancouver as they scrutinize the budget for their live-action Akira remake.

But before you break out the champagne and toast the defeat of a remake that most anime/manga fans never wanted, take note that the project is still on track to get made.
 
Producers and director Jaume Collet-Serra will comb through the script over the next two weeks to meet Warner Bros. reduced budget of $60-$70 million. Collet-Serra had originally halved the budget to $90 million after he took over for Albert Hughes.
 
The film currently has Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund as the only actor signed on to star, with Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter all in various stages of negotiations to join. The studio feels the price tag is still too high for a sci-fi project with that level of star power.
 
Akira has already been paused three times during various stages of pre-production. According to sources who spoke with THR, "It's a very resilient movie. Warner Bros. just won't let it die."
 
Time will tell if the Collet-Serra and his team can meet Warner's budget demand. Were you curious to see what kind of remake they came up with or are you glad the movie is having so much trouble getting made?
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