Akira is the beloved manga that launched Japanese animation into the spotlight during the late 80s. It’s also the source of many rumors and an ill fated project that has been floating around Hollywood since 2002 when Warner Bros. obtained the rights to it.
Den of Geek recently added fuel to the flames by releasing news that a “source close to Warner Bros” claims the studio is planning a possible Akira trilogy and Christopher Nolan (Interstellar and The Dark Knight) may be involved. The news is extremely vague and whether Nolan will direct or produce has not been announced. According to the news, Nolan has met with the prior director involved with the Akira reboot recently, but that’s about it. Nolan has confirmed he’s working on a film for July 2017, but there’s not much else about the project that’s been released.
It was announced back in June by The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. greenlit Akira and the film will be handled by Appian Way, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company with Sons of Anarchy screenwriter Marco J. Ramirez creating the script.
Basically, the news of a possible trilogy and Nolan having, what may have just been lunch with a director, that was at one point attached to the Akira reboot, is enough for some to formulate theories.
While we do think a Nolan directed Akira film would be pretty amazing, we’re not holding our breath. If more solid intel comes forward, we’ll let you know.