According to The Hollywood Reporter, the live-action film adaptation of Akira is being put on hold due to casting, script, and budget issues. The website reports that production offices in Vancouver are being closed and below-the-line talent and crew have been told to stop working.
Producers Jennifer Kiloran Davisson and Andrew Lazar will work with director Jaume Collet-Serra over the next two weeks on the script. Insiders say the project could end up canceled if the issues cannot be resolved.
Exkalamity said: What the hell is "below-the-line talent" and why does the production of an live-action anime adaptation have to resort to such questionable resources?
if you are not an actor, director, producer, or screenwriter, then you are below the line. i work on film sets here and there and yet i still don't understand why there is a separation of classes like this. still, this is pretty good news. i hope its cancelled.
I get the feeling that it will come, but as a low-budged movie. :( No one famous apparently wants to do anything about it, since it's been "in production" so long, so they end up using B-movie directors and cast.