‘Akira’ Remake Gets ‘Harry Potter’ Writer, New Director

Steve Kloves and Jaume Collet-Serra now working on American version of Katsuhiro Otomo's sci-fi classic.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

The perpetually imperiled American Akira remake is on the upswing again. A month and a half after it lost its last director, Book of Eli's Albert Hughes, it's hired a new director. But even though it's making headlines, he's still "unknown"… It's Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. Even bigger news: they have a new script from Steve Kloves, the Academy Award-nominated writer of Wonder Boys who is now best known as the screenwriter of all but one of the Harry Potter movies. So says Hollywood Reporter, anyway.

And that's… neat.

Jaume Collet-Serra hasn't directed anything of this magnitude before, but after his wholly irresponsible – and actually rather scary, despite an obvious "twist" ending – The Orphan, we're encouraged that Akira has a director who won't shy away from controversial, @#$%ed up material. And if anybody knows how to adapt an impossibly long story and make it work as a film, even if he'll always catch hell from fans for cutting something out, it's Steve Kloves, who's done wonders for Harry Potter.

Now that a director's been hired and a new draft of the script is in, we expect more casting news on the horizon. Hopefully age appropriate casting this time…

CRAVE Online will return with more Akira news after we build ourselves a new arm.