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It's official. The long-rumored remake of the classic anime is coming to the big screen.
Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. has greenlit a remake of the cult classic Akira. While director Jaume Collet-Serra has been attached to the project since July, the entertainment conglomorate (and parent company of comics publisher DC) finally gave the project the go-ahead. WB previously purchased the movie rights from manga publisher Kodansha in 2008.
Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund is rumored to be the frontrunner for the male lead of the movie, which will follow the futuristic anime's plot of a biker gang leader fighting to save his friend from government experiments due to the latter's newly discovered psychokinetic abilities.
The studio is aiming to begin filming in February or March 2012,
Written or Contributed by: Christian Hoffer