Harry Potter Scribe to Work Magic for Akira

While the jury is still out on how well a big screen American adaptation of Akria will fare, we have to admit Warner Brothers is off to a good start in terms of picking a writer to add some shine to the epic-sized job.

According to Variety Steve Kloves, best known for adapting seven of the eight Harry Potter films for Warner Bros., has been recruited to polish the studio’s live-action remake of Japanese manga epic Akira.

Albert Hughes is directing Akira, based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s graphic novel set in a post-apocalyptic Japan. Warner acquired the Akira rights three years ago from publisher Kodansha and set it up with Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance with Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran. Hughes and his brother, Allen Hughes, will also produce.

The latest version of the script was penned by Albert Torres with earlier drafts by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta.

Harry Potter Scribe to Work Magic for Akira

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