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09.08.2009

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Remember when Warner wanted to make 2 back-to-back AKIRA movies with DiCaprio's Appian Way to adapt the insanely cryptic anime? seems that the studio hasn't pulled the plug after all, even though Leo is apparently no longer involved.

According to the folks of Collider, Warner is waiting for scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostbyfor to complete a new script soon for the project, which for now no longer seems like a two-parter. Probably for budget reasons; the site claims Warner is prioritizing the project with many zeros on the price tag, but better to fail once than spectacularly twice right? Report also has the location change from "Neo-Tokyo" to Manhattan while the red bike is a given. Production would start next year for a big 2011 tentpole release.

I have to say I'm a bit torn on this one. AKIRA is pretty much a flagship for the entire anime industry and absolutely does NOT need either live-action treatment nor Americanization. BUT those guys wrote the haunting and  fantastic CHILDREN OF MEN as well as sharing credits for IRON MAN and the upcoming COWBOYS AND ALIENS. What if Warner also digs up a visionary director like they did for their Batman reboot? Could the film actually be worth making?

Worst case scenario, that video down here says it all...

Extra Tidbit: True that y'all indeed...
Source: Collider

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5:49PM on 09/10/2009
the whole Neo-Tokyo setting was the basis of the world of Akira. Maybe if they did a Neo-Manhattan where nukes were dropped on Manhattan would work. i guess... I'd like to see zack snyder direct this though. I mean, since the original anime was already visually pleasing, and well, recreating original comic book scenes is what Snyder does.
the whole Neo-Tokyo setting was the basis of the world of Akira. Maybe if they did a Neo-Manhattan where nukes were dropped on Manhattan would work. i guess... I'd like to see zack snyder direct this though. I mean, since the original anime was already visually pleasing, and well, recreating original comic book scenes is what Snyder does.
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3:30PM on 09/09/2009

I have a bad feeling about this....

This is definitely a bad idea.

Especially since they probably haven't even considered Asian-AMERICAN actors/actresses for the roles. (The presumably very white characters are going to keep the names 'Akira,' 'Kaneda,' and 'Tetsuo.')

Dragonball redux...
This is definitely a bad idea.

Especially since they probably haven't even considered Asian-AMERICAN actors/actresses for the roles. (The presumably very white characters are going to keep the names 'Akira,' 'Kaneda,' and 'Tetsuo.')

Dragonball redux...
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8:27PM on 09/08/2009
I considder the fact that they don't respect the material enough to set the film in neo tokyo to be borderline racism.
I considder the fact that they don't respect the material enough to set the film in neo tokyo to be borderline racism.
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8:25PM on 09/08/2009
I considder the fact that they don't respect the material enough to set the film in neo tokyo to be borderline racism.
I considder the fact that they don't respect the material enough to set the film in neo tokyo to be borderline racism.
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4:56PM on 09/08/2009
Darron Aronofsky please.
Darron Aronofsky please.
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1:44PM on 09/08/2009
looking sat below comments it must be that time of the month
looking sat below comments it must be that time of the month
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10:53AM on 09/08/2009

NO NEO-TOKYO?!?!

what the hell? If they remove it from Neo-Tokyo, it wont be Akira. and to top it off someone is doing a Ninja Scroll live-action too. the whole thing that makes these films great is that they are animated. BOYCOTT THESE FILMS WHILE YOU CAN!
what the hell? If they remove it from Neo-Tokyo, it wont be Akira. and to top it off someone is doing a Ninja Scroll live-action too. the whole thing that makes these films great is that they are animated. BOYCOTT THESE FILMS WHILE YOU CAN!
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12:04PM on 09/08/2009
get a life. seriously. who gives a fuck what the city is called?! it really wont have a huge effect on the story at all.
get a life. seriously. who gives a fuck what the city is called?! it really wont have a huge effect on the story at all.
10:43AM on 09/08/2009

DO IT RIGHT!

The previous attempt to bring this to the screen mentioned a 'Neo-Manhatten', a future where New York was rebuilt with Japanese money. That was good - stick to that. People have to face the fact that most of the public out there will not read subtitles and to set a live action in Tokyo would require as such. So it has to be set in an english speaking country. That doesn't mean they can't bring the tone more in line with the manga and have a japanese flavor to it (music/sets etc). They just
The previous attempt to bring this to the screen mentioned a 'Neo-Manhatten', a future where New York was rebuilt with Japanese money. That was good - stick to that. People have to face the fact that most of the public out there will not read subtitles and to set a live action in Tokyo would require as such. So it has to be set in an english speaking country. That doesn't mean they can't bring the tone more in line with the manga and have a japanese flavor to it (music/sets etc). They just need a great director. Maybe Blomkamp?
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8:27PM on 09/08/2009
Yeah but most of the public are dipshits who need to expand their minds, the future of cinema is not in American based, it's in Europe and Asia.
Yeah but most of the public are dipshits who need to expand their minds, the future of cinema is not in American based, it's in Europe and Asia.
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7:12AM on 09/08/2009

I died a little inside...

I just watched the video and almost threw up. If they do that to Akira, I'll curl up in a corner and start crying.
Rule #1 : Don't mess with Akira !!!!
I just watched the video and almost threw up. If they do that to Akira, I'll curl up in a corner and start crying.
Rule #1 : Don't mess with Akira !!!!
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12:04PM on 09/08/2009
yeaahhh, like the movie will be anything like that ridiculous video. sheesh. relax.
yeaahhh, like the movie will be anything like that ridiculous video. sheesh. relax.
6:15AM on 09/08/2009
whatever. if this turns out good im totally gonna go see it.

and why is everyone bitching about it taking place in america. if americans are adapting the script, americans are producing, americans are funding it, etc etc etc then it should take place in america and star americans. go tell japanese film makers to make a more faithful version of the film, but since you've been waiting decades for that, us americans are going to go ahead and have some fun with this great source material.
whatever. if this turns out good im totally gonna go see it.

and why is everyone bitching about it taking place in america. if americans are adapting the script, americans are producing, americans are funding it, etc etc etc then it should take place in america and star americans. go tell japanese film makers to make a more faithful version of the film, but since you've been waiting decades for that, us americans are going to go ahead and have some fun with this great source material.
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5:04AM on 09/08/2009

Thats gay

Manhattan???? Neo tokyo was the perfect setting, what is it going to be, neo-new york? I think this is going to be even more dissapointing than watchmen if it ever gets the greenlight.
Manhattan???? Neo tokyo was the perfect setting, what is it going to be, neo-new york? I think this is going to be even more dissapointing than watchmen if it ever gets the greenlight.
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4:59AM on 09/08/2009
While I do want this film to be made I agree that there is no reason to Americanize it. I just wish Joseph Gordon-Levitt would reconsider playing Tetsuo.
While I do want this film to be made I agree that there is no reason to Americanize it. I just wish Joseph Gordon-Levitt would reconsider playing Tetsuo.
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4:51AM on 09/08/2009
"Report also has the location change from 'Neo-Tokyo' to Manhattan"

Wtf?? C'mon Hollywood! Why do you always find the need to Americannibalize foreign movies? The setting for Akira is perfect the way it is. There are more than enough movies that take place in NY-LA-NY-LA-NY-...
"Report also has the location change from 'Neo-Tokyo' to Manhattan"

Wtf?? C'mon Hollywood! Why do you always find the need to Americannibalize foreign movies? The setting for Akira is perfect the way it is. There are more than enough movies that take place in NY-LA-NY-LA-NY-...
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