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Any Akira fans out there who want to see an opening scene storyboard for the live-action movie we almost had?

09.11.2012

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A live-action adaptation of AKIRA has never quite managed to come to pass - Warner Bros might yet find a way to make it happen, but right now the proverbial fish is dead in the fallout-filled water.  Which is just as well - set to star Garrett Hedlund, Ken Watanabe, and Kristen Stewart with direction from Juame Collett-Serra (ORPHAN, UNKOWN), a moderately-budgeted Americanized remake of the classic manga was one ride most fans didn't seem to want to take.

And speaking of rides, storyboard artist Jeffrey Errico has recently revealed the opening art he did up for the project on his website.  I don't think it's anything that the pro or anti live-action Akira camps can use to stick a flag in their respective camps per se, though the art does clearly use the name "Neo Manhattan" instead of Neo Tokyo.  Any way and either way, it's done and passed and gone (for now) and these pieces of art are but a relic of what could have been.

On a side note, Erico's site is well worth checking out - besides AKIRA, he has plenty storyboards and information up for of other projects on which he has worked that actually became movies (CRANK, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN).

Akira storyboard art 1

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Extra Tidbit: Why do you think the studio is so seemingly passionate about making AKIRA work but seemingly unwilling to spend the money in order to do so?
Source: Jeffrey Erico

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9:04PM on 09/12/2012

No.

Just stop it.

Even if it does get made, there is no possible way for the studio to not screw it up. It's possible some people within the studio like it, but I guarantee you they don't understand it. It's a cult movie and my bet is all the studio want to see is dollar signs. Which won't happen. At some level they understand that part at least, because it seems they are indeed unwilling to spend the amount of money needed to faithfully remake it.
Just stop it.

Even if it does get made, there is no possible way for the studio to not screw it up. It's possible some people within the studio like it, but I guarantee you they don't understand it. It's a cult movie and my bet is all the studio want to see is dollar signs. Which won't happen. At some level they understand that part at least, because it seems they are indeed unwilling to spend the amount of money needed to faithfully remake it.
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1:08PM on 09/11/2012

Really on the Fence with this one...

I would love to see this come to fruition, i don't even think they need a large budget for it... After all look what Chronicle did. However that being said, i would absolutely hate to see this come to the big screen, and be atrocious, and ruin the name of Akira.

Tidibt: i dont think the studio is passionate about this project, i think theres a few people within the studio who are pushing, and pushing hard for this. If the studio was passionate about it, then they would have no problem
I would love to see this come to fruition, i don't even think they need a large budget for it... After all look what Chronicle did. However that being said, i would absolutely hate to see this come to the big screen, and be atrocious, and ruin the name of Akira.

Tidibt: i dont think the studio is passionate about this project, i think theres a few people within the studio who are pushing, and pushing hard for this. If the studio was passionate about it, then they would have no problem giving this the budget it deserves.
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12:23PM on 09/11/2012

Script?

But did any of you read the script? I read a version that was pretty recent (a few months before they pulled the plug this most recent time) and it was embarrassing. Really, anyone that has been through at least a high school level literature class could tell you how bad it is. I don't understand why? Does the writer just have no passion for the project or...what is happening? Maybe the executives just keep saying "No, it needs to be this" and then the writer does the best he/she can. I don't
But did any of you read the script? I read a version that was pretty recent (a few months before they pulled the plug this most recent time) and it was embarrassing. Really, anyone that has been through at least a high school level literature class could tell you how bad it is. I don't understand why? Does the writer just have no passion for the project or...what is happening? Maybe the executives just keep saying "No, it needs to be this" and then the writer does the best he/she can. I don't really know...it's perplexing
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9:58AM on 09/11/2012
Extra tidbit: I don't think studio execs think the movie is worth investing. Take a look at John Carter and Green Lantern - all done with massive budget but they didn't turn out so great and became massive bombs. Akira is better left as a cult classic anime and that's it.
Extra tidbit: I don't think studio execs think the movie is worth investing. Take a look at John Carter and Green Lantern - all done with massive budget but they didn't turn out so great and became massive bombs. Akira is better left as a cult classic anime and that's it.
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9:53AM on 09/11/2012
Neo Manhattan, indeed. Dont you dare, Hollywood. Let it go.
Neo Manhattan, indeed. Dont you dare, Hollywood. Let it go.
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8:18AM on 09/11/2012

stay dead!

I hope this project stays dead!
All this white washing is entirely missing the point of the anime film and the manga. If you want to do it then do it right, or don't do it at all as "Akira." Why can't Hollywood leave these kinds of properties alone? How exploitable of a fanbase could "Akira" possibly have in the states that it makes sense to completely rid the film of everything that makes it "Akira?" If it doesn't retain anything then just make your own damn film, you talentless hacks...
I hope this project stays dead!
All this white washing is entirely missing the point of the anime film and the manga. If you want to do it then do it right, or don't do it at all as "Akira." Why can't Hollywood leave these kinds of properties alone? How exploitable of a fanbase could "Akira" possibly have in the states that it makes sense to completely rid the film of everything that makes it "Akira?" If it doesn't retain anything then just make your own damn film, you talentless hacks...
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8:14AM on 09/11/2012
Extra Tidbit: I think most studios are passionate about having the rights to any existing property they can develop, which is why we get toy and boardgame movies being considered. It gives the film project pre established recognition and in the case of Akira a pre established fanbase that you can steadily alienate.
Extra Tidbit: I think most studios are passionate about having the rights to any existing property they can develop, which is why we get toy and boardgame movies being considered. It gives the film project pre established recognition and in the case of Akira a pre established fanbase that you can steadily alienate.
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