That mind-boggling $230 million budget for Warner Bros.' live-action remake is a thing of the past (it's down to $90 million — a drop in the bucket!), but apparently the studio still has financial concerns. Production has shut down on Akira "in the face of casting and budgetary issues," and unless script issues can be worked out, sources say the project could be called off for good. The new Akira has had no shortage of troubles. The movie is on its second director (Jaume Collet-Serra, traded in for Albert Hughes) and casting is still uncertain (Garrett Hedlund and Gary Oldman are onboard; Kristen Stewart, Ken Wantabe, and Helena Bonham Carter were among the actors in negotiations before the shutdown.) Everyone's been sent home in the meantime. Not promising!
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