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Akira is dead

06.15.2009

At one point the AKIRA live-action remake at Warner Bros. had some serious steam and rumors started to surface that Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were set to star in the film. But the film, which was originally slated for a summer 2009 release, obviously isn't here. So what's the status of the film? According to Bloody Disgusting, it's dead; "dead as a doornail" says their sources.

I know many of you out there love your WATCHMEN (both graphic novel and film) but for me, AKIRA is my WATCHMEN. I have all the manga, about every copy of the film available (VHS, two DVDs and the Blu-ray) and art from both hanging on my walls. Yet I'm happy to see AKIRA be dead. I'd rather have it be dead than have a shitty version in theaters and if it takes a few more years to get the right people involved, so be it. It took plenty of time with WATCHMEN but, in my mind, AKIRA needs that level of a commitment from a director (regardless of how you feel about how WATCHMEN the film turned out). So AKIRA is dead and director Ruairi Robinson, producer DiCaprio and Warner Bros. have moved on. At least until I can get my shit together and direct it my damn self.

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11:05PM on 06/16/2009

Good...

Good news,a classic like this should remain untouchable...
Good news,a classic like this should remain untouchable...
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12:21PM on 06/16/2009
I'm glad they're not doing this. The animated Akira is just so perfect all on it's own I'd hate to see anyone F' it up. Which is also the same way I feel about Cowboy BeBop.
I'm glad they're not doing this. The animated Akira is just so perfect all on it's own I'd hate to see anyone F' it up. Which is also the same way I feel about Cowboy BeBop.
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11:02AM on 06/16/2009
I've been waiting for a live action version of this since the 90's when Keanu Reeves was rumored for it....we'll see if this ever happens. Probably would have if Speed Racer had done better....which is actually a pretty cool ass looking flick.

Remember when DiCaprio was going to be Iron Man? Maybe it's better this way because it'll end up being done right like that was.
I've been waiting for a live action version of this since the 90's when Keanu Reeves was rumored for it....we'll see if this ever happens. Probably would have if Speed Racer had done better....which is actually a pretty cool ass looking flick.

Remember when DiCaprio was going to be Iron Man? Maybe it's better this way because it'll end up being done right like that was.
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10:50AM on 06/16/2009
I don't really like the idea of a live action Akira, part of the charm was because it was a cartoon.

If it does happen I guess it won't be bad as long as some hacks don't get involved with it...ala Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool.
I don't really like the idea of a live action Akira, part of the charm was because it was a cartoon.

If it does happen I guess it won't be bad as long as some hacks don't get involved with it...ala Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool.
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9:20PM on 06/15/2009

You kids are funny

You guys complaining about talented people handling it is funny.

You know now in two years it will be made with Brett Ratner directing and Dane Cook and Frankie Muniz in the lead roles. Have fun with that one.
You guys complaining about talented people handling it is funny.

You know now in two years it will be made with Brett Ratner directing and Dane Cook and Frankie Muniz in the lead roles. Have fun with that one.
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9:01PM on 06/15/2009
Curse you DiCaprio!!!! CURSE YOU!!!
Curse you DiCaprio!!!! CURSE YOU!!!
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8:55PM on 06/15/2009
Good! I still feel the only way this could have worked is with a Japanese cast, American/Japanese crew with big league overseas backing, much like "Letters from Iwo Jima". I don't think there's a studio with balls even close enough to being that big to make that happen though.
Good! I still feel the only way this could have worked is with a Japanese cast, American/Japanese crew with big league overseas backing, much like "Letters from Iwo Jima". I don't think there's a studio with balls even close enough to being that big to make that happen though.
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2:28PM on 06/15/2009
Akira is one of my all-time favorite films, but I'm honestly disappointed to hear this.

Would a live action adaptation been any good? Who knows, but they had an oscar winning, visually appealing director involved, and the creator of Akira was on board as a producer. That sounds like they were on the right track to give us the best live action Akira possible.
Akira is one of my all-time favorite films, but I'm honestly disappointed to hear this.

Would a live action adaptation been any good? Who knows, but they had an oscar winning, visually appealing director involved, and the creator of Akira was on board as a producer. That sounds like they were on the right track to give us the best live action Akira possible.
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1:56PM on 06/15/2009
Good, I highly doubt it would have ended up being any good anyway.
Good, I highly doubt it would have ended up being any good anyway.
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12:39PM on 06/15/2009
Animated films have the opportunity to do marvelous things live action can't captured in the same way, a magic, an animated city, alive and colorful seems far more interesting than a live one, I don't know exactly I can't explain it now but I'm glad to hear this but I'm neutral, I don't think we've seen the end of akira.
Animated films have the opportunity to do marvelous things live action can't captured in the same way, a magic, an animated city, alive and colorful seems far more interesting than a live one, I don't know exactly I can't explain it now but I'm glad to hear this but I'm neutral, I don't think we've seen the end of akira.
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12:39PM on 06/15/2009
Wasn't the Catwoman director, Pitof (?) supposed to direct Akira at some point, years ago? That would have been... "interesting".
Wasn't the Catwoman director, Pitof (?) supposed to direct Akira at some point, years ago? That would have been... "interesting".
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11:30AM on 06/15/2009

PHEW!

Good! Not really against a live-action version but questioned choice of director here (no feature under his belt) for such a cherished and 'must be in the right hands' property. Even if Chris Nolan said he was doing it I'd be excited but quietly hoping he didn't screw it up!
Good! Not really against a live-action version but questioned choice of director here (no feature under his belt) for such a cherished and 'must be in the right hands' property. Even if Chris Nolan said he was doing it I'd be excited but quietly hoping he didn't screw it up!
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11:16AM on 06/15/2009

I Dunno...

I have kinda mixed feelings on this, on one hand it's good because of the extremely high potential to bastardize the original but then again i'd like to see some new life put back in one of my favourite (and first) animes I ever saw.
I have kinda mixed feelings on this, on one hand it's good because of the extremely high potential to bastardize the original but then again i'd like to see some new life put back in one of my favourite (and first) animes I ever saw.
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11:09AM on 06/15/2009
I don't usually rage on the internet, but I took the bait here. Man, quit your fucking whining. They seemed enthused about the project, and Leo is a guy that wouldn't take a second-rate part at this point in his career. For all you know it could have been ok, if not great.

And even if it wasn't, say it was shit, would that change the quality of the book? Would that in any way change anything about the animated film? They would still be the same as they were when they came out. A shitty
I don't usually rage on the internet, but I took the bait here. Man, quit your fucking whining. They seemed enthused about the project, and Leo is a guy that wouldn't take a second-rate part at this point in his career. For all you know it could have been ok, if not great.

And even if it wasn't, say it was shit, would that change the quality of the book? Would that in any way change anything about the animated film? They would still be the same as they were when they came out. A shitty live-action Akira wouldn't impede on any of that.

It's great to keep your child-like fascination about certain things, but this time? Dude, grow up.

Then again, maybe I should too. I took the bait, you've got another web hit on the tally. You win. BASTARD.
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10:31AM on 06/15/2009
Thank you thank you thank you
Thank you thank you thank you
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10:19AM on 06/15/2009
Sweet. I love Akira and i agree that im happy to hear that the film is dead...for now
Sweet. I love Akira and i agree that im happy to hear that the film is dead...for now
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