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Guess who's back for the Akira remake? Director Jaume Collet-Serra!

Aug. 2, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

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Early last year Warner Bros. pulled the plug on a live-action version of AKIRA with director Jaume Collet-Serra due to casting issues and concerns over how high the budget was going to be for the film. Many of you Schmoes rejoiced when it was announced, but I have some bad news for you:

It's back on. And Jaume Collet-Serra is back too.

Variety is reporting that while Warner Bros. did look at other directors for AKIRA (including the guys who did CATFISH...wait, what?) the studio apparently really liked the work Jaume Collet-Serra had done in pre-production, and his schedule has opened up a bit so the director is now in talks to return to the project. Variety also says that Collet-Serra will approach the live-action remake in a new way that will keep the film's budget at a comfortable level for Warner Bros., although there are no specifics on how much the film may cost. There also isn't any news on if the actors originally attached to the film are still available, such as Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Ken Watanabe.

Like how HEAVY METAL was for many of you (including JoBlo.com's very own Steve Seigh who wrote an excellent column about the film in this week's Ink & Pixel), AKIRA was one of my very first experiences with more adult animation and in particular anime. I'm not a huge fan anime in general but there are some I really do love and like how it is with any film genre, sometimes you've got to dig through some crap (how many shitty zombie movies are released each year) to get to the good stuff.

I would absolutely love a live-action AKIRA, but I just don't think Warner Bros. will do the property justice if they are still that concerned about the budget, because let's face it you kind of need to sink some money into this thing if it's going to be done right. There have been directors that have done amazing work with limited funds, but I don't want to see that with AKIRA. Although "limited funds" is probably not the best term to use since the budget will still be at least (I'm guessing here) $75 million.

But with how much trouble Warner Bros. has had bringing the remake to the big screen we could find out in two weeks that the whole thing has been canceled again. So until it's at the point where Collet-Serra (or someone else) is actually filming the movie I'm not going to worry too much about AKIRA, but I do hope if it does happen it is everything it should be.

Extra Tidbit: If a PG-13 live-action AKIRA movie happened would you be OK with that? It's a possibility...
Source: Variety

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6:08PM on 08/03/2013

I want this to happen!! But......

Has to be R
Someone has to watch Chronicle, and then AMP it up for AKIRA
Have to drop Stewart, i don't care how much time she spends on her knees get her off this!

and if not then i guess ill always have the Graphic novel, and the series, and the animated Movie!
Has to be R
Someone has to watch Chronicle, and then AMP it up for AKIRA
Have to drop Stewart, i don't care how much time she spends on her knees get her off this!

and if not then i guess ill always have the Graphic novel, and the series, and the animated Movie!
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2:19PM on 08/03/2013

PG-13

HELL NO!!! If this ever becomes PG-13 then I don't think I'll be seeing it. But you never kno The wolverine was PG-13 and that was pretty intense and violent. but Akira can't be PG-13 it has to be a HARD R. I just hope they don't fuck it up. I need to revisit the movie too I haven't seen it since I was a kid.
HELL NO!!! If this ever becomes PG-13 then I don't think I'll be seeing it. But you never kno The wolverine was PG-13 and that was pretty intense and violent. but Akira can't be PG-13 it has to be a HARD R. I just hope they don't fuck it up. I need to revisit the movie too I haven't seen it since I was a kid.
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10:07PM on 08/02/2013

No way they could do this any sort of justice

It was the first anime movie I saw as a kid, and I loved it ever since. But there's no way in hell it could be adapted properly. And if you're thinking a PG-13 rating could work, you're insane. There's so much to this movie that it would require a staggering budget, and a scaled down budget would only be detrimental to the actual story and what takes place. I mean I would love to see this as live action, but there's so much going against it, I'd rather they leave it alone. But just to see that
It was the first anime movie I saw as a kid, and I loved it ever since. But there's no way in hell it could be adapted properly. And if you're thinking a PG-13 rating could work, you're insane. There's so much to this movie that it would require a staggering budget, and a scaled down budget would only be detrimental to the actual story and what takes place. I mean I would love to see this as live action, but there's so much going against it, I'd rather they leave it alone. But just to see that scene where Tetsuo gets attacked by SOL and proceeds up to space to destroy it in live action form would be worth it alone, among other scenes. Side Note: They should make a live action Ghost in the Shell or Ninja Scroll. Now those wouldn't be so ambitious to adapt.
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9:51PM on 08/02/2013
Sounds like flogging a dead horse but Collet-Serra is a good director who knows how to put visuals to good use. I recommend Unknown for a stylish (but relatively silly) conspiracy thriller.
Sounds like flogging a dead horse but Collet-Serra is a good director who knows how to put visuals to good use. I recommend Unknown for a stylish (but relatively silly) conspiracy thriller.
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3:40PM on 08/02/2013

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A PG-13 live action movie? No! I don't see how this story could be told that way. With the right people behind it, and an R rating, I am not entirely opposed. It could still suck though.
A PG-13 live action movie? No! I don't see how this story could be told that way. With the right people behind it, and an R rating, I am not entirely opposed. It could still suck though.
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3:14PM on 08/02/2013

REMAINING ON THE FENCE

When discussion arises about rebooting or remaking of a revered classic, it is surely going to be a hotly debated subject. Can Gone with the Wind, Wizard of Oz or any such classic be remade or rebooted. We've sat and watched movies barely a decade old get rebooted (Spiderman) and the end result will always be mixed.

In the case of AKIRA we, the cinemaniacs that we are have embraced such iconic films as this one as we do with the "untouchable" classics label and are quite reserved when it
When discussion arises about rebooting or remaking of a revered classic, it is surely going to be a hotly debated subject. Can Gone with the Wind, Wizard of Oz or any such classic be remade or rebooted. We've sat and watched movies barely a decade old get rebooted (Spiderman) and the end result will always be mixed.

In the case of AKIRA we, the cinemaniacs that we are have embraced such iconic films as this one as we do with the "untouchable" classics label and are quite reserved when it comes to remaking or rebooting. Giving AKIRA a live action treatment will only be barely live as it is. This movie will rely so heavy on CGI that my guess is that it will resemble something closer to Ultraviolet and/or Avatar to a certain level. There is also the possibility of looking at the original script of AKIRA and examining it for scenes that may not have made it into the original film If such scenes exist, I'm all for an expanded telling to the story. This may lend itself to a better film and one that could possibly, through it's version, be a better film. I did say possibly.

AKIRA to me is the Gold standard of Animation from it's era and for Anime. I recommended it to my 15 year old wannabe artist/game dude who occupies a room in my house a few years ago and he couldn't believe that such a great movie came out that long ago. Reared on Pixar most of his life, he was blown away by the story and the animation. Now he's all over anything Anima but hasn't anything he calls equal to AKIRA. Now he has a gold standard.

I'll hang out and wait to see how this pans out. I never judge a movie by the scuttlebutt that precedes it. Only by the end results.
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8:54AM on 08/03/2013
Wait...a 15 year old kid lived in your house?...sounds like them LOVELY bones
Wait...a 15 year old kid lived in your house?...sounds like them LOVELY bones
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12:54PM on 08/02/2013

i wonder if the international success of Pacific RIm has anything to do with this...

live action anime? check.
spanish director with hyphenated last name? check.

it's gonna be an international hit!
live action anime? check.
spanish director with hyphenated last name? check.

it's gonna be an international hit!
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12:53PM on 08/02/2013

GOOD IDEA / BAD IDEA

I love Akira, the best anime film EVER. Have the marvel colored comics, the soundtrack and the collector blu ray. I would actually love to see a live action version of this movie. But I have absolutely NO FAITH that this would be done right and faithful to the manga. It will turn out to be a mess, mark my words, a complete disaster. (especially with Kristen Stewart who will probably play Kay)
I love Akira, the best anime film EVER. Have the marvel colored comics, the soundtrack and the collector blu ray. I would actually love to see a live action version of this movie. But I have absolutely NO FAITH that this would be done right and faithful to the manga. It will turn out to be a mess, mark my words, a complete disaster. (especially with Kristen Stewart who will probably play Kay)
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12:43PM on 08/02/2013

I for one would absolutely love to see this happen.

However, Roy Batty is right. Jaume Collet-Serra is a crap director and kills off about half the anticipation I'd have for this.
However, Roy Batty is right. Jaume Collet-Serra is a crap director and kills off about half the anticipation I'd have for this.
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12:07PM on 08/02/2013

Why is this a thing?

Akira is one of the best Animes of all time.
it is responsible for my love of the genre and is for countless more than I. Why in the holy fuck would we need some half baked live action rehash of a great and, might I add, timeless movie.
This movie if it does indeed have to happen (which it most certainly does not) deserves more than a "comfortable budget", a hack director and Kristen Stewart.
Akira is one of the best Animes of all time.
it is responsible for my love of the genre and is for countless more than I. Why in the holy fuck would we need some half baked live action rehash of a great and, might I add, timeless movie.
This movie if it does indeed have to happen (which it most certainly does not) deserves more than a "comfortable budget", a hack director and Kristen Stewart.
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11:28AM on 08/02/2013

To the producers....

Just let it go.
Just let it go.
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11:08AM on 08/02/2013

Would love to see this done right

Loved this movie, I was in middle school when I saw it for the 1st time and it was one of those experiences where it felt like it was only 20 minutes longit just flew by, and I was totally immersed in the story. While Orphan was kind of cool, I don't know if this guy is the guy to pull it off, but who knows? After Felicity who would have thought JJ Abrams would do anything even remotely cool, let alone at the level he's at now. And speaking of budget, just find some no-names who have
Loved this movie, I was in middle school when I saw it for the 1st time and it was one of those experiences where it felt like it was only 20 minutes longit just flew by, and I was totally immersed in the story. While Orphan was kind of cool, I don't know if this guy is the guy to pull it off, but who knows? After Felicity who would have thought JJ Abrams would do anything even remotely cool, let alone at the level he's at now. And speaking of budget, just find some no-names who have passion for the project and will work on the cheap, and put your money into the movie instead of the actors wallets. District 9 was made for 30 million, and they made it look like 150 million.
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10:21AM on 08/02/2013

I have no faith in this project

This is from the director of House of Wax, Orphan, and Unknown. All terrible or mediocre, and not to mention Stewart is apart of this.
This is from the director of House of Wax, Orphan, and Unknown. All terrible or mediocre, and not to mention Stewart is apart of this.
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