The Digital Spy is reporting that representatives for the Hughes Brothers have refuted internet claims that Zac Efron was offered the lead role in a live-action adaptation of Akira, despite being listed directly on studio/agent cheat sheets. Whatever the case, I just hope that Warners gets the Manga adaptation off the ground sooner than later, the anticipation is killing me! “Akira” originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story was set in a neon-lit futuristic post-nuclear war “New Tokyo” in 2019 where a teen biker gang member is subjected to a government experiment which unleashes his latent powers. The gang’s leader must find a way to stop the ensuing swathe of destruction.