Long thought to be far too expensive a film to ever truly convert in live action, the epic and milestone-of-cinema Akira now has a producer to bring it to life. And that producer is Leonardo DiCaprio, who is also appearantly lining himself up to play this version’s role of leading character, Kaneda. Also, the role of Akira is set to be filled by Joseph Gordon Levitt (Brick, The Lookout).
On top of this, it is set to be made as two back-to-back movies, with an estimated cost of $200 million each, and DiCaprio has July 2010 as his release date. And even more news, it is set to be directed by the very talented and very Irish, Ruairi Robinson. This certainly marks a big step up in for him, from 2001 short Fifty Percent Grey, and 2006 short The Silent City. Its appearantly this last short, a sci-fi war movie told in 5 minutes, that got the attention of DiCaprio.
So there you have it.