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Akira still lives?

Oct. 29, 2007by: Dave Davis
A live-action remake of the anime AKIRA (itself based on a long-running manga series) was in the works a few years ago, with BLADE guy Stephen Norrington in the director seat. But Norrington seemingly got fed up with Hollywood after LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN and disappeared into the mists, and the AKIRA film was quietly slid back into cold storage.

Until now, apparently. Bloody-Disgusting says that the sci-fi flick is being taken out of mothballs again, and has a hot young relatively unknown director attached. Oscar-nominated Irish director Ruairi Robinson will reportedly tune up Kaneda's superbike and bring Katsuhiro Ôtomo's post-apocalyptic vision to full fleshy motion. Robinson landed the position based on his impressive short film "The Silent City", which you can see at B-D.

For those who haven't seen the original, the futuristic AKIRA follows a street gang of pill-popping teenage troublemakers who ride tricked-out motorcycles, fight with rivals and generally shout a lot. The gang leader's best friend gets involved in a government experiment and develops psychic powers, bringing the two together in a bloody, gloriously destructive clash.
Extra Tidbit: Norrington's most recent film credit is doing creature effects for FEAST.

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10:43PM on 10/30/2007
Adapting Akira into live-action would nullify most of what was great about the original in the first place. The story, structure, and visual style would only suffer if it were forced into the restrictions of live-action, no matter how much CGI you pump into it.
Adapting Akira into live-action would nullify most of what was great about the original in the first place. The story, structure, and visual style would only suffer if it were forced into the restrictions of live-action, no matter how much CGI you pump into it.
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7:21AM on 10/30/2007
all I'm picturing is Shia Labouf as Tetsuo and Zac Efron as Kenada.

SOMEONE SHOOT ME!
all I'm picturing is Shia Labouf as Tetsuo and Zac Efron as Kenada.

SOMEONE SHOOT ME!
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6:16AM on 10/30/2007
"Cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky said in an interview that while having a few drinks with Otomo he gave him the idea on how to finish "Akira"

Anyone in for a live-action movie directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky? That would definitly be a ride"

although i am a fan of jodorowsky, i am completely opposed to ANYONE adapting akira into a live action film. seriously! what's the point??? its amazing as it is. why translate it to live action, and lose the superb animation that rewarded it the
"Cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky said in an interview that while having a few drinks with Otomo he gave him the idea on how to finish "Akira"

Anyone in for a live-action movie directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky? That would definitly be a ride"

although i am a fan of jodorowsky, i am completely opposed to ANYONE adapting akira into a live action film. seriously! what's the point??? its amazing as it is. why translate it to live action, and lose the superb animation that rewarded it the title of "the greatest animated film ever created"???

why would anyone want to do that? WHY? i see adapting akira into a live action film as an insult to the creators, and the complex and laborious work that went into the creation of this masterpiece.

geez, these greedy hollywood bastards need to back off!
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5:24AM on 10/30/2007

noooo!!!!

wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, this is a horrible thing...please do not do this!!
wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, this is a horrible thing...please do not do this!!
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2:33AM on 10/30/2007
Cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky said in an interview that while having a few drinks with Otomo he gave him the idea on how to finish "Akira"

Anyone in for a live-action movie directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky? That would definitly be a ride
Cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky said in an interview that while having a few drinks with Otomo he gave him the idea on how to finish "Akira"

Anyone in for a live-action movie directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky? That would definitly be a ride
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10:07PM on 10/29/2007
GAH. This anime is a god damn classic. It does not need to be touched. Live action anime doesn't turn out well. [link] And no amount of technology could do justice to the amazing finale.
GAH. This anime is a god damn classic. It does not need to be touched. Live action anime doesn't turn out well. [link] And no amount of technology could do justice to the amazing finale.
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9:40PM on 10/29/2007

i hate this idea.

leave this masterpiece alone.
why not come up with some of YOUR OWN ideas for a change.
leave this masterpiece alone.
why not come up with some of YOUR OWN ideas for a change.
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