Steve Kloves to work on Akira Script

Steve Kloves to work on Akira Script

The man most responsible for bringing Harry Potter to the big-screen (he wrote seven of the eight films, missing only “Order of the Phoenix”), writer Steve Kloves has been tapped to polish the script for the upcoming, live-action version of the sprawling manga-turned-anime epic Akira.

The Oscar nominated writer will take over work on the script from Albert Torres (“Henrey Poole is Here”) and previous writers, Iron Man scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, according to Variety.

Based on the report’s choice of words, and the fact that Katsuhiro Otomo’s original graphic novel is known for its dense and sprawling storyline, it’s likely that Kloves isn’t doing a page-one rewrite, but tightening the script either for narrative or budgetary purposes.

Depending on who you ask, Kloves either ingratiated or made an enemy of himself by essentially doing the same thing with the “Harry Potter” franchise, taking increasing liberties with the text in each new movie. Regardless, the news of his involvement couldn’t come at a better time for fans of “Akira,” who’ve had a hard and disappointing week of it with rumors that several big name stars, including Brad Pitt, James Franco, and Mila Kunis, all passed on the project.

An Americanized version of the popular Japanese manga, “Akira” is set in a post-apocalyptic city (Neo-Manhattan) built on the remains of an earlier metropolis devastated by what at first appears to be a nuclear blast. It will be directed by Albert Hughes and produced by he and his brother Allen.

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