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Warner Bros. shuts down live-action Akira adaptation

Jan. 5, 2012by:

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We've been covering the pre-production of the long-in development AKIRA adaptation for a while now, and it really felt like this was the one. Warner Bros greenlit it just a couple of months ago and was in talks with many actors for the leads, including Garret Hedlund (TRON LEGACY) as Kaneda and Kristen Stewart as his girlfriend, and Ken Wanatabe as the Colonel (after Gary Oldman declined the role). 

But Heat Vision is reporting today that the casting issues combined with Warner Bros.'s concerns over the film's budget to scare the studio enough to pull the plug. The Vancouver production offices are being closed and "Everybody is being sent home," according to an insider.

The proiducers are going to be sitting down with director Jaume Collet-Serra for two weeks to work on a script- if they can't fix it (ie, make it cheaper), they're going to shelve the film. Apparently the budget was hovering around the $90 million mark and the studio wants it between 60 and 70.

I'm really not certain how you could do this movie cheaply. As anyone who's read the manga or seen the anime knows, it's going to have one helluva effects budget. A previous attempt at the film (with Keanu Reeves starring) had the budget around $140.

If this doesn't start back up it will be the fourth time AKIRA has been killed off.

Source: Heat Vision

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2:26PM on 01/06/2012

Ohh Yeah!

If there's going to be a live action Akira movie, it should be Japanese.
If there's going to be a live action Akira movie, it should be Japanese.
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4:49AM on 01/06/2012
This is false. WB didn't shut down the project, they're just looking for a new writer.
This is false. WB didn't shut down the project, they're just looking for a new writer.
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3:12AM on 01/06/2012

Very good..

Now, Spike Lee needs to stop his own white-washed remake...
Now, Spike Lee needs to stop his own white-washed remake...
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2:37AM on 01/06/2012
Um, $90 mill? And Disney throws $250 mill at John Carter? I don't really wanna see it get made but if they did, Warner's should at least scare up some Harry Potter money and pass it along.
Um, $90 mill? And Disney throws $250 mill at John Carter? I don't really wanna see it get made but if they did, Warner's should at least scare up some Harry Potter money and pass it along.
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1:06AM on 01/06/2012

they should start

by casting unknowns, this way it will be cheaper to pay them
by casting unknowns, this way it will be cheaper to pay them
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12:53AM on 01/06/2012

Do it Rite, or don't do it at all

Akira could be everything we all expect it to be,
but everything has to be done rite: budget,director, actors, story line, the score... EVERYTHING!
And thus far every bit of news has been disappointing. So shutter down, and do it rite. Or leave an animated classic alone, and not risk destroying an iconic animated film that doesn't need to be done.
Akira could be everything we all expect it to be,
but everything has to be done rite: budget,director, actors, story line, the score... EVERYTHING!
And thus far every bit of news has been disappointing. So shutter down, and do it rite. Or leave an animated classic alone, and not risk destroying an iconic animated film that doesn't need to be done.
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10:57PM on 01/05/2012

probably for the best.

probably for the best... this movie could have been epic and amazing... but not without an avatar sized budget.
probably for the best... this movie could have been epic and amazing... but not without an avatar sized budget.
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10:11PM on 01/05/2012

just trim the budget back by $20k

sheesh... those actors dont need to eat... or get paid. :)
sheesh... those actors dont need to eat... or get paid. :)
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8:17PM on 01/05/2012
I'm sad to not see this happen- though its probably a good thing, really- but more importantly- TYPOS GALORE, MISTER RIVIELLO!!!
I'm sad to not see this happen- though its probably a good thing, really- but more importantly- TYPOS GALORE, MISTER RIVIELLO!!!
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7:45PM on 01/05/2012

Awesome

A live action adaption of Akira should not be made until a truly talented director with a passion for the source material steps up to the plate...unless you want the live-action adaption of Akira to suck.
A live action adaption of Akira should not be made until a truly talented director with a passion for the source material steps up to the plate...unless you want the live-action adaption of Akira to suck.
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7:31PM on 01/05/2012
Now if only Spike Lee decides to stop his efforts at an OLDBOY remake. But I'll settle for no Akira, yes!!
Now if only Spike Lee decides to stop his efforts at an OLDBOY remake. But I'll settle for no Akira, yes!!
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7:30PM on 01/05/2012
Let the japs handle a live action version of Akira.
Let the japs handle a live action version of Akira.
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7:21PM on 01/05/2012
Just let it go already. There's no way they were going to make anything as good or even approaching the original anyway. Find some other movie to recycle.
Just let it go already. There's no way they were going to make anything as good or even approaching the original anyway. Find some other movie to recycle.
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7:06PM on 01/05/2012
Having no attachment to the source material, I'm actually kind of disappointed by this
Having no attachment to the source material, I'm actually kind of disappointed by this
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6:58PM on 01/05/2012

noooooo!

how about getting a cast of relative unknowns, that should keep the cost down.
how about getting a cast of relative unknowns, that should keep the cost down.
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6:29PM on 01/05/2012
Warner Bros. probably doesn't want another "Green Lantern" flop on their hands.
Warner Bros. probably doesn't want another "Green Lantern" flop on their hands.
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6:23PM on 01/05/2012

Woot Woot!!!

What a great way to start the new year!!!
What a great way to start the new year!!!
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6:07PM on 01/05/2012

Thank the love of sweet god!!!

This made my day!!! Really WB? 60 million dollar budget....have u seen the anime?!! This aint happening...period,point blank
This made my day!!! Really WB? 60 million dollar budget....have u seen the anime?!! This aint happening...period,point blank
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6:00PM on 01/05/2012
there is a god
there is a god
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5:36PM on 01/05/2012

WOOOO

HOOOOO!!!
HOOOOO!!!
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5:16PM on 01/05/2012

YES. THANK. GOD.

More great news to make me happy. Let's hope nobody picks this. Up. Remake movies, that need remaking. I can give you countless movies :) leave the classics and animes alone :)
More great news to make me happy. Let's hope nobody picks this. Up. Remake movies, that need remaking. I can give you countless movies :) leave the classics and animes alone :)
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