Is ‘Akira’ Or ‘Twilight Zone’ Next Up For Leonardo DiCaprio?

Leonardo DiCaprio’s upcoming thriller “Shutter Island” hits theaters Friday, but when we had a chance to sit down with the actor, the Martin Scorsese-directed film wasn’t the only project on our minds.

Last week, we brought you the news that “Book of Eli” directors Allen and Albert Hughes were in negotiations to helm the live-action adaptation of “Akira” based on a script by “Iron Man” duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Otsby. DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way picked up the rights to the film back in 2008, so we had to find out which of the company’s projects will come first: “Akira” or the “Twilight Zone” movie announced last year?

“You know, you never want to say anything is going to happen in this town, because everything gets thrown out the window one day and is green lit the next,” DiCaprio told MTV News.

Sadly, the actor wouldn’t offer up any clues as to which project will go into production first, but he did offer up a reason why the films aren’t exactly his main priority right now.

“It’s all about the material at the end of the day, that’s why [’Shutter Island’] is something of a godsend,” he said. “When you get good material, you have to jump on it and try to make it as best you can, because it is few and far between.”

In the end, it’s hard to argue with the decision to go full-steam ahead with Scorsese right now instead of giving “Akira” (or “Twilight Zone”) his full attention — but he can be sure comics fans are anxiously awaiting updates on the anime/manga adaptation.

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