Plans for U.S. film of 'Akira' announced

[Akira]Katsuhiro Otomo's groundbreaking Manga series "Akira" has been hailed by many as one of the finest examples of graphic story telling. The story of a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo set in 2019 is familiar to comic fans by way of the comic or the 1988 Japanese film, of which an English dubbed version was released in the United States to wide acclaim. Recently, the books were published again in the United States by Dark Horse Comics in a series of six, 300+ page trade paperbacks. But the "Akira" juggernaut doesn't stop there.

According to today's Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros' and filmmaker Stephen Norrington have teamed to created a Western adaptation of "Akira" (not Western as in Cowboys and Indians). Norrington will both write and direct the new movie with Jon Peters producing. Norrington's name should be a familiar one to comic fans as the man who directed 1998's "Blade." He'll also be directing the feature film versions of Alan Moore's "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and Marvel Comics' "Ghost Rider," both set for a 2003 debut.

No release date for this new "Akira" was mentioned.

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