As his latest film Star Trek Beyond, the third in the Trek reboot series, approaches its opening day of July 22nd, director Justin Lin is reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. about heading up the live-action adaptation of Akira. The project’s been trapped in development hell for years now, but it’s seeming that the rather unexpected, yet logical choice of the Fast and Furious director will be the one to set the film in full forward motion.
Katsuhiro Otomo’s original cyberpunk spectacle was first a manga released in 1982. The creator then went on to direct his own anime movie, which dropped in Japanese cinemas in 1988. Anime distributors FUNimation give the iconic film the following summary:
It’s the year 2019, thirty-one years have passed since the start of World War III. A top-secret child with amazing powers of the mind breaks free from custody and accidentally gets a motorcycle gang involved in the project. This incident triggers psychic powers within one of the gang members, Tetsuo, and he is taken by the army to be experimented on. His mind has been altered and is now on the path of war, seeking revenge on the society that once called him weak.