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In case you've forgotten, Warner Bros has been trying to make a Westernized, live-action version of the 1988 anime Akira for years. Widely regarded as one of the most groundbreaking and well-loved animes of all time, most fans don't see the need for an American Akira, especially not with big Hollywood names like Chris Pine, James Franco, Andrew Garfield, and Robert Pattinson rumored to be attached to the project. Things have been pretty quiet on the Akira front for a while, but a new name has cropped up, and one that isn't so bad.
Netflix's Daredevil showrunner Marco Ramirez has apparently been hired to write a screenplay for the film. In addition to the new Daredevil series, Ramirez has also written for Orange is the New Black and Sons of Anarchy. There's no questioning his talent; Ramirez can certainly pen a good script, but the question remains of whether or not this film should even be made.
Does Ramirez's involvement affect how you feel about an American Akira? Would you watch it?
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The comedy trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone are developing an untitled movie with Universal Pictures, The Wrap reported. Schaffer and Taccone will co-direct the film, while Judd Apatow has signed on as a producer.
There's not much information about the plot of the comedy so far except that it's "set in the music world" and followed an earlier deal that The Lonely Island would create digital content for Fox.
According to skynews.com skynews.com, Tom Cruise is reportedly in talks with JJ Abrams about an appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII. The Edge of Tomorrow Star has apparently been in London over the last week meeting with film executives and the production staff about the film.
Cruise and Abrams already worked on Mission: Impossible 5 together and is due to hit theaters later next year. The new Star Wars movie is scheduled for cinematic release at Christmas in 2015.