Despite Warner Bros. having Akira in development for years with no finished product, negotiations are underway for the rights to make a film adaptation of Attack on Titan with Harry Potter producer David Heyman at the wheel.
Originally a manga, the hugely popular animated series Attack on Titan was created in 2009 by Hajime Isayama. The story sees monstrous aliens known as Titans attacking Earth and almost completely wiping out humanity - mostly by eating them. The final human city standing constructed an enormous wall to keep them out, and a hundred years later, things are just about peaceful. That all changes when a Titan breaches the outer wall, and humanity is forced to once again defend itself.
The protagonists are Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their childhood friend Armin Arlert. After Eren’s mother is one of the people killed during the first new Titan breach, the three enlist in the armed forces to help protect the city. But there is more to the Titans’ story than anyone bargained for.
The animated show spans several series and movies have already been made - Heyman plans to use the two-part Japanese film from 2015. As we all know, Heyman is a very experienced director who is no stranger to tackling huge projects such as this - so hopefully, this new venture won’t follow the same fate as Akira. We’ll keep you posted.