Universal has acquired the rights to remake the 2007 anime toon “Vexille” with “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos penning the script.

The original film was set in 2077 Japan and follows a female agent named Vexille who is dispatched to Tokyo to investigate whether the Japanese are developing robotic technology, which has been banned by the U.N. due to its potential threat to humankind. That version was released in Japan by Shochiku and directed by Sori Fumihiko.

Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson will produce. Lisa Zambri will executive produce.

Though Warner Bros. started development on “Akira,” the studio didn’t complete production. But studios still see value in anime, given the genre’s enthusiastic fanbase, especially if they can bring in the toons at the right budget.

The UTA-repped Spiliotopoulos has been busy with several films in development including “Asteroids” at Universal and “Young Sherlock Holmes” at Paramount. Vinson’s recent pics include MGM’s “Red Dawn” and he is also an exec producer on the CBS pilot “Intelligence” that was just picked up for a series order.