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WB puts ‘Potter’ touch on ‘Akira’

Steve Kloves takes on Japanese manga epic

Steve Kloves, best known for adapting seven of the eight “Harry Potter” films for Warner Bros., has been recruited to polish the studio’s live-action remake of Japanese manga epic “Akira.”

Albert Hughes is directing “Akira,” based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s graphic novel set in a post-apocalyptic Japan. Warner acquired the “Akira” rights three years ago from publisher Kodansha and set it up with Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance with Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran.

The studio is looking to go into production this summer.

Hughes and his brother, Allen Hughes. will also produce.

Warners hasn’t cast or set a release date for “Akira,” which is set in a metropolis that was rebuilt after being destroyed decades earlier by Akira, a child with immense psychic powers. Otomo wrote and directed the popular 1988 Japanese anime film of the same name, and he’ll exec produce WB’s “Akira.”

The latest version of the script was penned by Albert Torres, with earlier drafts by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta.

Kloves penned all the adaptations for the “Potter” pics except for the fifth, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” which was written by Michael Goldenberg. He took a break from the series to work on “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” His other credits include “Wonder Boys” and “The Fabulous Baker Boys.”

Kloves is repped by CAA.

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