DAILIES: Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield Among Shortlist For ‘Akira’

Some of Hollywood’s most popular young actors are about to become the stars of the latest anime-to-movie sensation.

The upcoming live-action remake of “Akira” is coming together for its planned August start date, and Splash Page reports on a list of actors who’ve allegedly received the script: Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy are just some of the names reportedly in contention for roles. Casting is far from finalized, however, so we’ll have to wait and see how this one shakes out.

We have more news past the jump, including who might end up directing “Cleopatra,” which horror writer might be penning a “The Walking Dead” episode and what ever happened to Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” adaptation.

David Fincher To Conquer Ancient Egypt
Now that the end is in sight for his adaptation of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” Deadline is reporting that David Fincher could direct the long in-development adaptation of “Cleopatra: A Life” that Angelina Jolie is attached to. These are just talks at the moment, but if the timing is right then Fincher could very well retell the famous story of Cleopatra.

Stephen King Is “Walking Dead”
News broke today that horror scribe Stephen King has been offered the chance to write an episode of the second season of “The Walking Dead,” and the news could not be more thrilling. Apparently King would write the episode with his son Joe Hill, the comic book writer behind “Locke & Key,” so we’ll have to wait and see how that pans out.

Ian McShane Goes From Pirate To King
The casting for Bryan Singer’sJack the Giant Killer” continues to pan out as The Hollywood Reporter announced that Ian McShane is coming on board to play a king. Up next, McShane will be starring as Blackbeard in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”

“World War Z” Is Lifeless
Vulture is reporting that Brad Pitt’s upcoming adaptation of “World War Z” might never gain legs unless production company Paramount is able to find a co-financer for it. Apparently a last-minute effort is being made to garner some interest in the film, but the clock is surely ticking.

“Sucker Punch” Soundtrack A Win
With the “Sucker Punch” soundtrack released today, Next Movie decided to take a listen to compilation of classics director Zack Snyder brought together for his latest effects-heavy action flick. If you want to hear leading ladies Emily Browning and Carla Gugino’s singing voices, you should probably check it out.

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