Justin Lin’s latest film “Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the “Star Trek” reboot franchise, will hit theaters in just a few short weeks, but the acclaimed action director is already in talks for a couple future projects. Along with his “Space Jam” sequel starring LeBron James, Slash Film reports that Warner Bros. is talking to Lin about helming a live-action adaptation of the iconic cyberpunk manga, and later anime film, “Akira.” Though the film has been in development hell for years now, with various directors and actors attached to the project, but Lin might finally be the guy for the job.
Set in a dystopian version of Tokyo called Neo-Tokyo, “Akira” follows two teenage bikers Tetsuo and Kaneda as their lives radically change after dormant psychic abilities suddenly awaken in Tetsuo. Fearing another psychic explosion that leveled Tokyo years prior, a shadowy government agency targets Tetsuo to prevent another catastrophe, all the while fearing the monstrous power of the mysterious Akira.
Justin Lin first broke through with his 2002 film “Better Luck Tomorrow,” about a group of Asian Americans who fall into the world of petty crime and mayhem. He then went on to direct three films in the “Fast and Furious” series as well as three episodes of Dan Harmon’s sitcom “Community,” including the famous paintball episode of the series. He also directed the first two episodes of the second season of “True Detective.”
“Star Trek Beyond” will hit theaters on July 22nd.