Despite intense backlash whenever it seemed to be toying with the idea of adapting Akira, Warner Bros. is reportedly still set on pushing somebody‘s anime series to the big, broad, American silver screen, and Tite Kubo‘s Bleach is the next project they’ve reportedly focused on.
Oddly enough, though one of the producers on board is Masi Oka (Heroes), who brought the series to the attention of producer (and prospective director) Peter Segal, and the English language publisher of Bleach is also involved in the production. A production that as of right now simply includes the writing of a script, by Dan Mazeau. On the other hand, Mazeau’s only industry credit at the moment is Wrath of the Titans, and Segal is better known for stuff like Get Smart, Anger Management, and 50 First Dates than anything resembling a supernatural action teen drama that is Bleach.
On the other, other hand, Warner Bros.’ attitude towards fixing Akira‘s problems was to repeatedly call for script rewrites and axe the budget some more, until the production was halted entirely, so there’s no way of knowing whether the project will actually become something more than a few posts on some Entertainment blogs, or just languish in pre-production hell, scaring the crap out of fans whenever it’s brought up.