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Word of warning: If a small piece of your soul withers and dies whenever you hear Hollywood announce it's remaking another movie, you might want to look away now because the remake of Japanese anime Akira is back on.

Warner Bros. had looked to bring a live action adaptation of Akira to the big screen a couple of years ago with Unknown helmer attached to direct. He dropped out of the project when production on the movie came to a standstill in 2012, but according to Variety, Collet-Serra is now back on board, with production slated to begin spring 2014.

TRON: Legacy star had been linked to Akira when the movie was first mooted, but it's unclear at the moment whether he's in the running this time around.

Akira is perhaps the most influential and well known example of anime and is based on the manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story is set in post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo and follows Tetsuo, a member of a motorcycle gang, who after getting telekinetic powers, goes to war against the government. It's also violent. Very, very violent.

Rumor has it that the remake would relocate the action to New Manhattan and draw from books 1-3 of the manga for source material.

What do you guys think? Would you like to see a remake of Akira or should the original be left well alone?



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