AKIRA production shut down by Warner Bros. over budget concerns

Looks as though Warner Bros. is a bit worried about how much money will go into the Akira adaptation they are working on. The offices in Vancouver Canada have been shut down and people working on the project have been told to “stop working and go home.” Read on for the details.

The production offices in Vancouver are being closed, with below-the-line talent and crew told to stop working. “Everybody is being sent home,” according to an insider.

Producers, which include Appian Way’s Jennifer Kiloran Davisson and Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar, will hunker down with director Jaume Collet-Serra for the next two weeks to iron out the script. It is unclear if Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves, who did a pricey rewrite on the project a year ago, will be brought in to help out.

If the issues cannot be resolved, the project could end up being shelved entirely, say insiders.

Sources say that the budget originally was $90 million but realistically the studio wants it to be between $60 and $70 million only.

Akira is an Americanized story set in a post-apocalyptic New Manhattan, where a motorcycle gang leader (Hedlund) must stop his brother and fellow gang member from abusing his newly acquired telekinetic powers.

source: HollywoodReporter

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