29-year-old Oscar nominated Irish director Ruairi Robinson (“The Silent City”) is attached to direct the live-action film version of “Akira” – jesus, how many years have they been trying to make this now?! – according to Bloody Disgusting.

Stephen Norrington (“Blade”) was previously attached to direct but either his option expired, he stood up a producer or he balked when the studio told him Wesley Snipes couldn’t play the lead because he’s off.

“Akira” is a 1988 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo based on his manga of the same name. The movie led the way for the growing popularity of anime in the West, with ”Akira ”considered a forerunner of the second wave of anime fandom that began in the early 1990s.

The pic tells of a secret military project that endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.

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