Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Akira’ live-action remake to begin shooting

'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi is said to be in the director's chair

Leonardo DiCaprio-produced film Akira is set to begin shooting in California, it has been confirmed.

The upcoming Warner Bros. movie – a live-action remake of the 1988 anime classic – received an $18.5 million tax credit from the California Film Commission’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0 yesterday (April 2). It was amongst 18 fund allocations for film and TV projects, with Akira bagging the largest sum.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to shoot ‘Akira’ in California,” said Ravi Mehta, Warner Bros’ executive VP of physical production and finance. “The availability of top-notch crew members, plus the wide variety of location choices and predictable weather are second to none.”

DiCaprio will produce the film alongside Jennifer Davisson via their production company, Appian Way. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is also said to be helming the remake, which is set in 2060 Tokyo.

According to DeadlineAkira will shoot across 71 days entirely in California. It’s not stated when filming will begin, but to receive the credit production must start within 180 days.

The original Akira manga series was written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otama.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese

Meanwhile, it was announced in October 2018 that Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will be collaborating on their sixth movie together. While Scorsese will direct and co-produce Killers of the Flower Moon, DiCaprio’s role is yet to be announced.