Variety reports that Warner Bros. will transform Katsuhiro Otomo’s influential cyberpunk manga Akira into two live-action films.
Gary Whitta, who wrote the Death Jr. comic books, will pen the screenplay. Leonardo DiCaprio will produce via Appian Way. Ruairi Robinson (The Silent City) is set to direct.
Warner Bros. previously held the rights but let them lapse, leading to a new seven-figure deal with publisher Kodansha.
Otomo’s six-volume manga, set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo, was adapted in 1988 as a pioneering anime film.