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Keanu Reeves the latest to line up for live-action Akira

05.06.2011

AKIRA has had many suitors over the months and years the project has been in the works, ranging from Leonardo DiCaprio to Ryan Gosling to Brad Pitt, but all of them passed it by as the film floundered to find support.

Now a new shadow has darkened the movie’s door. Keanu Reeves is reportedly considering starring in the project, presumably as Kaneda. I’m not quite sure how they’re planning to rework the story, but I thought Kaneda was supposed to be pretty young in the original, and Reeves? The man might not look it, but he’s 47.

The news of Reeves circling the film also comes with word that the price tag for the project is getting a bit insane. The budget is now up to $230 million, and Warner Bros. has so far been unable to find a financing partner.

It’s another one of those projects, like the recently shaky Dark Tower, that seems like it could be well-made with enough cash and support, but the stories themselves are so out there, I can’t see either picking up any sort of mainstream appeal enough to justify their massive cost.

Do you want to see this movie made? What of Keanu? 

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Extra Tidbit: Reeves has also been attached to a COWBOY BEBOP film adaptation for ages. Dude likes his anime.
Source: Vulture

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10:59AM on 05/08/2011
I could more easily see him as Spike, even though he's technically too old for that role too, but as Kaneda? He's about 30 years too late. He should do a sweet cameo or lend his voice to one of the characters that would probably need to be CG.
I could more easily see him as Spike, even though he's technically too old for that role too, but as Kaneda? He's about 30 years too late. He should do a sweet cameo or lend his voice to one of the characters that would probably need to be CG.
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9:32AM on 05/08/2011
I agree he is too old for this role. It would of been fine if the movie was made several years ago. However, I'd be down with him playing Spike in Bebop.
I agree he is too old for this role. It would of been fine if the movie was made several years ago. However, I'd be down with him playing Spike in Bebop.
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2:06AM on 05/08/2011

It won't be the same story

I won't be down with this, not because of Reeves, even though he should be making Cowboy Bebop, but because the story of the live-action film will not resemble the anime or manga.
I won't be down with this, not because of Reeves, even though he should be making Cowboy Bebop, but because the story of the live-action film will not resemble the anime or manga.
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11:19PM on 05/06/2011
I like Keanu so I'm fine with it. But I would really like to see how Cowboy Bebop and Bill & Ted 3 turn out more.
I like Keanu so I'm fine with it. But I would really like to see how Cowboy Bebop and Bill & Ted 3 turn out more.
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8:28PM on 05/06/2011
I'm down, Keanu's Keanu, when he's not in a romantic comedy, he rarely steers wrong. He's not winning an academy award anytime soon, but at least it's not Zac Efron...
I'm down, Keanu's Keanu, when he's not in a romantic comedy, he rarely steers wrong. He's not winning an academy award anytime soon, but at least it's not Zac Efron...
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7:40PM on 05/06/2011

would rather see him in Bebop!

but sounds interesting, I'd check it out for sure.
but sounds interesting, I'd check it out for sure.
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6:41PM on 05/06/2011

Oh for crying out loud...

If they have to make this movie at all, cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Kaneda.

I like Keanu but he's no teen
If they have to make this movie at all, cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Kaneda.

I like Keanu but he's no teen
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5:10PM on 05/06/2011
I actually like Reeves-- the man isn't a master thespian, but he's not the worst either, and in the right role he's very effective. But as Kaneda? No. Even with them stating plans to bump the ages up... just no.

I have no desire to see this movie if it gets made. I love the manga and the original film, but this is an awful idea. Luckily, as redjoe84 said, there is no way anyone is going to want to back a story this crazy for a price tag of 230 million, so maybe we'll get lucky and the
I actually like Reeves-- the man isn't a master thespian, but he's not the worst either, and in the right role he's very effective. But as Kaneda? No. Even with them stating plans to bump the ages up... just no.

I have no desire to see this movie if it gets made. I love the manga and the original film, but this is an awful idea. Luckily, as redjoe84 said, there is no way anyone is going to want to back a story this crazy for a price tag of 230 million, so maybe we'll get lucky and the whole thing will be dropped.

Some projects belong in development hell.
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4:36PM on 05/06/2011
jjk is 100% correct. It's a japanese story it would look and work best with japanese actors. And also asian audiences would make Akira movie very sucessful. this is how it should be done.
jjk is 100% correct. It's a japanese story it would look and work best with japanese actors. And also asian audiences would make Akira movie very sucessful. this is how it should be done.
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4:27PM on 05/06/2011

Here's a thought

How about using asian actors since the story is Japanese?
How about using asian actors since the story is Japanese?
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6:05PM on 05/06/2011
That's just crazy talk!!! LMAO!!! (I totally agree)
That's just crazy talk!!! LMAO!!! (I totally agree)
7:42PM on 05/06/2011
Here's a thought, how about that's a perfect way to make $0 in the North American, South American and European mass markets.

It would never happen unless the film was Japanese-made and financed. And if that happened it'd probably be the equivalent of the Tekken movie, or a classic Japanese adaptation movie that actually came from Japan... Devilboy.
Here's a thought, how about that's a perfect way to make $0 in the North American, South American and European mass markets.

It would never happen unless the film was Japanese-made and financed. And if that happened it'd probably be the equivalent of the Tekken movie, or a classic Japanese adaptation movie that actually came from Japan... Devilboy.
4:17PM on 05/06/2011

A better idea....

Why not remake it Pixar style? TO hell with the live action crap?
Why not remake it Pixar style? TO hell with the live action crap?
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3:57PM on 05/06/2011
I'll watch anything with Keanu in it... a fan since I saw Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure back in 8th grade... I just hope this doesnt hinder Bill and Ted 3
I'll watch anything with Keanu in it... a fan since I saw Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure back in 8th grade... I just hope this doesnt hinder Bill and Ted 3
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3:54PM on 05/06/2011
PERFECT casting......20 years ago.
PERFECT casting......20 years ago.
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3:36PM on 05/06/2011
As a fanboy, this would be great to see (maybe not with Reeves), but if I am a businessman, running a studio or potentially investing in this, there is no way I am committing $200+ million to something like this. Either you try to make it more mainstream, which pisses off the real fans and they only see it once, or you make it too close to the source material and can't possibly sell enough tickets. The reminds me of Tron Legacy - It was an interesting idea, looked cool, felt cool, and was
As a fanboy, this would be great to see (maybe not with Reeves), but if I am a businessman, running a studio or potentially investing in this, there is no way I am committing $200+ million to something like this. Either you try to make it more mainstream, which pisses off the real fans and they only see it once, or you make it too close to the source material and can't possibly sell enough tickets. The reminds me of Tron Legacy - It was an interesting idea, looked cool, felt cool, and was only BARELY successful enough to warrant being made. But Tron had Jeff Bridges in it. Twice.
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3:36PM on 05/06/2011
I like Keanu Reeves, but what the fuck? Why are we getting a 40 year old man to play a character that is supposed to be maybe 25 TOPS? What? Did your Cowboy Bebop project fall through?? Stick to that - at least you could probably pull of a decent Spike.
I like Keanu Reeves, but what the fuck? Why are we getting a 40 year old man to play a character that is supposed to be maybe 25 TOPS? What? Did your Cowboy Bebop project fall through?? Stick to that - at least you could probably pull of a decent Spike.
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6:28PM on 05/06/2011
Tetsuo and Kaneda are 15/16 years old, but I see your point.
Tetsuo and Kaneda are 15/16 years old, but I see your point.
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3:13PM on 05/06/2011
Just let this adaptation die.

I would assume they're changing the story for older characters, but cutting the disenfranchised youth theme from the story takes so much away.

I have a feeling that what they're going for follows the general plot, but changes a lot of the story. They're clearly trying to make a big blockbuster out of this.
Just let this adaptation die.

I would assume they're changing the story for older characters, but cutting the disenfranchised youth theme from the story takes so much away.

I have a feeling that what they're going for follows the general plot, but changes a lot of the story. They're clearly trying to make a big blockbuster out of this.
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3:29PM on 05/06/2011
I agree.
I agree.
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3:03PM on 05/06/2011
He can play the Colonel but not Kaneda.
He can play the Colonel but not Kaneda.
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2:42PM on 05/06/2011

Reeves Is a Cool Cat

He is not afraid of out there movies, hope it gets done.
He is not afraid of out there movies, hope it gets done.
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