The Hollywood Reporter has learned today that the Warner Bros. funded live-action remake of the iconic anime film Akira, has completely terminated production. According to their insider “the offices are being closed and everyone is being sent home.” The source also reported that if further budget issues with the film could not be sorted out that it might be shelved indefinitely.
Though budget issues are being blamed for this move, one has to wonder if the cacophony of criticism over the white-washing of the film has anything to do with shutting down the project. Was it just the money? Or was Warner Bros. worried they might have been making a huge social mistake too?
[News via The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision]