The studio plans to break the novels into two films. Unlike Japan's 1988 film adaptation (directed by Ôtomo), this retelling will take place in a rebuilt New Manhattan, where bike gang leader (Kaneda) must rescue his friend (Tetsuo) from his entanglement in secret government project Akira. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran's Appian Way is producing with Andrew Lazar.
- Screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, The Tourist) is planning an adaptation of Agatha Christie's post-World-War II era Crooked House to be directed by playwright/director Neil LaBute later this year in London. Fellowes tells The Independent: "I love the period, I love Agatha Christie and I love the idea of reinventing it. It will be exciting to work with a really vivid, contemporary director – he's one of the originals around at the moment." He adds: "I love Christie and don't think it's at all dated. It's one of those things that never go stale: murder in a genteel setting appeals to audiences in Britain and around the world." Here's more.
- David O. Russell tells MTV he thinks it "would be awesome," to give The Fighter the sequel treatment: "I just love those characters and I think we could do a lot of fun and interesting stuff." And he'd like to write the script himself (per usual). "I would do it whenever anyone says they're ready…I'm ready to write it." As far as the story goes, Russell says: "You'd go towards the Gatti fights and you could go into the history of the family more. I really like the sisters." He's in no rush. The idea is "in it's infancy" and he has other projects lined up. The risk in making a sequel: turning these already perfervid characters into caricatures.