Marco Ramirez to adapt the popular Japanese manga and anime. Leonardo DiCaprio will produce with his company Appian Way alongside Andrew Lazar and his company Mad Chance. Drew Crevello and Nik Mavinkurve will oversee.
Akira is a 1988 Japanese epic animated science fiction thriller film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. It was written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto and based on Otomo’s manga of the same name, focusing mainly on the first half of the story. The film depicts a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year 2019, with cyberpunktones. The plot focuses on teenage biker Tetsuo Shima and his psychic powers, and the leader of his biker gang, Shotaro Kaneda. Kaneda tries to prevent Tetsuo from releasing the imprisoned psychic Akira. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the original manga, the restructured plot of the movie differs considerably from the print version, pruning much of the last half of the manga.