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11.07.2008

One project I'm keeping a very close eye on is the Warner Bros. live-action remake of the anime classic AKIRA. Leonardo DiCaprio is producing with an eye towards staring as Kaneda but beyond that we didn't really know much about how the film would change for American audiences. Well a Latino Review reader read the script and posted some updates on what to expect...

First, while Kaneda's name remains intact, Tetsuo was apparently a little too ethnic and was changed to Travis (Travis??). The good news is that while we now have a character named Travis, the reader says that otherwise the script "is shockingly faithful to the source material" who adds that there is no "childhood raping going on here." The script is split up into two separate films and the script for the first film ends with "a huge but intriguing cliffhanger."

That's not to say that everything about the script is positive. There were some gripes but to find out more, you'll have to head over to Latino to read about it for yourself. Please don't screw this one up WB....

Extra Tidbit: Joseph Gordon-Levitt was also rumored to be starring in the film alongside DiCaprio.
Source: Latino

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11:26PM on 11/09/2008
KANEDAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

TRAVIIIIISSSS!!!!!!!!!!
KANEDAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

TRAVIIIIISSSS!!!!!!!!!!
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10:41AM on 11/08/2008

"Please don't screw this one up WB.... "

They already did. His name is Travis, ffs.
They already did. His name is Travis, ffs.
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9:46AM on 11/08/2008

I like the staring choices

As long as they are not in school anymore, maybe like in their 20's, this would be awesome. I think Joseph Gordon Levitt totally could play Tetsuo (Travis), and Leo would be kick ass as Kaneda.
As long as they are not in school anymore, maybe like in their 20's, this would be awesome. I think Joseph Gordon Levitt totally could play Tetsuo (Travis), and Leo would be kick ass as Kaneda.
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4:22AM on 11/08/2008
OK, the setting sounds really really stupid, and turning the bike gang into a 'keeping the peace' thing is really stupid, but at least they didnt screw it entirely up. though, that is not to say my hopes are all that high either, when you are just relieved that they didnt screw something up too much, that doesnt seem like something to be looking forward to. name change is dumb as well
OK, the setting sounds really really stupid, and turning the bike gang into a 'keeping the peace' thing is really stupid, but at least they didnt screw it entirely up. though, that is not to say my hopes are all that high either, when you are just relieved that they didnt screw something up too much, that doesnt seem like something to be looking forward to. name change is dumb as well
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1:27AM on 11/08/2008
Kind of baffled by the name change, especially considering the rest of the names for the most part, are intact.

The blending of the American and Japanese cultures in an odd way, kind of intrigues me so we'll see...

Overall though, I'm kind of glad it's a pretty good transplant from anime-to-film script so far...

I doubt Leo would play one of the 2 Teens if he were in this movie, JGL on the other hand could be a perfect fit...
Kind of baffled by the name change, especially considering the rest of the names for the most part, are intact.

The blending of the American and Japanese cultures in an odd way, kind of intrigues me so we'll see...

Overall though, I'm kind of glad it's a pretty good transplant from anime-to-film script so far...

I doubt Leo would play one of the 2 Teens if he were in this movie, JGL on the other hand could be a perfect fit...
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1:23AM on 11/08/2008

Great or Not

What you need to know is what made this movie great wasn't the story. It was the ground breaking Animation that put it over the top. In making this to a live action movie with the technology we have will in a way be down grading it. Almost like it wasn't good enough. But then again we are running out of ideas and remaking nearly everything we can get are hands on. But to stay on key here the more and more I watch Animes I see that almost all of the main characters are based and act like
What you need to know is what made this movie great wasn't the story. It was the ground breaking Animation that put it over the top. In making this to a live action movie with the technology we have will in a way be down grading it. Almost like it wasn't good enough. But then again we are running out of ideas and remaking nearly everything we can get are hands on. But to stay on key here the more and more I watch Animes I see that almost all of the main characters are based and act like American peronalities. That is why the American culture has related to it so well, and why and I aint the only one here that we own so damn many animes. That is all I got to say!
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7:17PM on 11/07/2008

hmm

Let's see.

Firstly I don't really care that they would "Americanize" this anime. Yeah it's true that American and Japanese cultures are very different, but a lot of anime is in fact influenced by American culture. Sure, Japanese [link] is kind of unique to them, but how about motorcycle gangs, Kaneda's "F You" anti-establishment thing, and red-jacketed Rebel Without a Cause reference? American.

Also, no human beings, Japanese or American, look like the protagonists of Akira, who are
Let's see.

Firstly I don't really care that they would "Americanize" this anime. Yeah it's true that American and Japanese cultures are very different, but a lot of anime is in fact influenced by American culture. Sure, Japanese [link] is kind of unique to them, but how about motorcycle gangs, Kaneda's "F You" anti-establishment thing, and red-jacketed Rebel Without a Cause reference? American.

Also, no human beings, Japanese or American, look like the protagonists of Akira, who are stylized anime people. So no worries there.

The question is, which source material does this remain faithful to? The header of Latino Review said the manga, the body said mostly the anime. Personally I can't see them stretching a remake of the anime into two theatrical releases. Plus, the manga was infinitely more kickass. So that's a plus.

But, yeah. Leo is too old. He would have been great for this right before Titanic, but after seeing Blood Diamond an The Departed I will have a hard time seeing him as a teenager.
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6:10PM on 11/07/2008

I couldn't care less...

about that one.

Leo: you're too old, that's right!
about that one.

Leo: you're too old, that's right!
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5:05PM on 11/07/2008

TOO OLD

DiCaprio is a 30+ year old man who wants to play a 15-year old kid.

YOU'RE TOO OLD LEO. MOVE ON.
DiCaprio is a 30+ year old man who wants to play a 15-year old kid.

YOU'RE TOO OLD LEO. MOVE ON.
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4:45PM on 11/07/2008

Meh

I seriously doubt that the movie would be any good no matter who is in it and no matter what they do. It's perfectly fine as anime.

Do we really need to see a live action version? I'm just not feeling it.

Oh, and Travis is kinda laughable. Fine name, just...not for this.



I seriously doubt that the movie would be any good no matter who is in it and no matter what they do. It's perfectly fine as anime.

Do we really need to see a live action version? I'm just not feeling it.

Oh, and Travis is kinda laughable. Fine name, just...not for this.



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4:29PM on 11/07/2008
The only thing I'd be skeptical about is if they are going to use a mixture of practical effects with CGI or just use CGI completely. Either we can get something very cool like Spielberg's use of the medium or something as banal as Constantine.
The only thing I'd be skeptical about is if they are going to use a mixture of practical effects with CGI or just use CGI completely. Either we can get something very cool like Spielberg's use of the medium or something as banal as Constantine.
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4:16PM on 11/07/2008
"Kaneda!"
"Travis!"

Yeah, the name change is pretty damn silly. As is any notion of Westernizing an anime film. Sorry, but there's a big difference between American and Japanese cultures. Try to mix them, and all you're gonna get is a schizophrenic mess.
"Kaneda!"
"Travis!"

Yeah, the name change is pretty damn silly. As is any notion of Westernizing an anime film. Sorry, but there's a big difference between American and Japanese cultures. Try to mix them, and all you're gonna get is a schizophrenic mess.
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3:37PM on 11/07/2008

Yes, I'm totally hip to this news!

I see no problem in renaming him.
Also, I'm a huge fan of the original. I have all the special edition dvds etc...
I for one don't give two shits where it takes place, I'm sick and tired of these whining little bitches crying "OH BOOHOO, DICAPRIO ISN'T ASIAN, I HATE AMERICANS WAAAA!!!!"
Shut the fuck up. Shit will be a million times better without shitty asian over-actors and crappy asian directors.

BigShime- keep them asian, keep there super asian names, but take place in LA? dude that
I see no problem in renaming him.
Also, I'm a huge fan of the original. I have all the special edition dvds etc...
I for one don't give two shits where it takes place, I'm sick and tired of these whining little bitches crying "OH BOOHOO, DICAPRIO ISN'T ASIAN, I HATE AMERICANS WAAAA!!!!"
Shut the fuck up. Shit will be a million times better without shitty asian over-actors and crappy asian directors.

BigShime- keep them asian, keep there super asian names, but take place in LA? dude that sounds fucking dumb as shit.

If some Japanese studio wants to make this into a live action film, go right ahead, but while the rest of the world waits around dying to use this awesome material to make a quality movie with, you can enjoy your shitty movie low budget japanese version.
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2:54PM on 11/07/2008
Travis... really?

Why can't they keep them asain? Is that a problem? There are plenty of asains in america... Im one of them. I say keep the names, keep them asain, but set it in LA.
Travis... really?

Why can't they keep them asain? Is that a problem? There are plenty of asains in america... Im one of them. I say keep the names, keep them asain, but set it in LA.
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2:38PM on 11/07/2008
I'm really excited for this movie. However, I hope they keep Tetsuo's name. No offense to anyone on this site who is named Travis, but that name is not as cool or as intimidating as Tetsuo.
I'm really excited for this movie. However, I hope they keep Tetsuo's name. No offense to anyone on this site who is named Travis, but that name is not as cool or as intimidating as Tetsuo.
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2:31PM on 11/07/2008

ĦĦĦĦĦTraaa viiiiiis!!!!!!

-that's a travisty! i'd see this film anyhow, even if the rattner directed, but that is some shitty name-change
-that's a travisty! i'd see this film anyhow, even if the rattner directed, but that is some shitty name-change
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2:21PM on 11/07/2008
It's kinda silly to have the name change from Tetsuo to Travis and remains Kaneda as Kaneda or whatsoever. But "shockingly faithful to the source material"? That makes me exciting about this project now.
It's kinda silly to have the name change from Tetsuo to Travis and remains Kaneda as Kaneda or whatsoever. But "shockingly faithful to the source material"? That makes me exciting about this project now.
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1:46PM on 11/07/2008

travis? ...seriously?

ok the name travis sucks, but i think Levitt and Hirsche would be perfect as Kaneda and ...Travis.
ok the name travis sucks, but i think Levitt and Hirsche would be perfect as Kaneda and ...Travis.
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1:40PM on 11/07/2008
Screaming "Travis" doesn't quite have the same feeling as screaming "Tetsuooooooo!"

Besides that nonsense I'm surprisingly interested in this film.
Screaming "Travis" doesn't quite have the same feeling as screaming "Tetsuooooooo!"

Besides that nonsense I'm surprisingly interested in this film.
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1:37PM on 11/07/2008

oh

and they BETTER do the beginning chase scene right
and they BETTER do the beginning chase scene right
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1:36PM on 11/07/2008

TRAVIS???

i guess the name could work..but did they really have to change it?? w/e I just want to know how the vomiting stuffed bears are gonna look
i guess the name could work..but did they really have to change it?? w/e I just want to know how the vomiting stuffed bears are gonna look
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1:18PM on 11/07/2008

childhood raping

The childhood raping started when I read that Tetsuo was too ethnic. YOU CAN'T HAVE AN AKIRA MOVIE WITHOUT THE NAME TETSUO!!! Might as well rename the damn movie while they're at it. And I wonder if they will pronounce Akira right...
The childhood raping started when I read that Tetsuo was too ethnic. YOU CAN'T HAVE AN AKIRA MOVIE WITHOUT THE NAME TETSUO!!! Might as well rename the damn movie while they're at it. And I wonder if they will pronounce Akira right...
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12:47PM on 11/07/2008
One amazing racing movie with Hirsch is enough for me.
One amazing racing movie with Hirsch is enough for me.
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12:37PM on 11/07/2008
Ohh JGL would be awesome!
Leo is to old tho, how bout Emile Hirsch?
Ohh JGL would be awesome!
Leo is to old tho, how bout Emile Hirsch?
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