Thread: Hollywood Gives Final Green Light to AKIRA Movie

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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118039904?refCatId=13

    Warner Bros. is moving ahead with its remake of "Akira" in a fiscally sensible way, tapping reliable Spanish helmer Jaume Collet-Serra ("Orphan," "Unknown" ) to direct a live-action version of the anime cult hit at a lower revised budget of $90 million.

    WB acquired the potential tentpole project for a seven-figure sum from Japanese manga publisher Kodansha in 2008. Ruairi Robinson and Albert Hughes were previously attached to direct the adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's graphic novel, but Hughes exited amicably in May over creative differences.

    Gary Whitta was the first writer attached, while Albert Torres and the team of Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby also contributed drafts. Steve Kloves, WB's go-to scribe for its lucrative "Harry Potter" franchise, most recently polished Torres' draft.

    Set in New Manhattan, the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experimentats.

    Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing with Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar. Otomo, who wrote and directed the 1988 Japanese anime pic of the same name, will exec produce "Akira."

    Collet-Serra has earned a reputation for delivering pics on time and on budget, and his box office performance has been rising with each effort: His feature directorial debut "House of Wax" took in $68 million worldwide in 2005, while 2009's "Orphan" grossed more than $76 million worldwide. Earlier this year, Liam Neeson starrer "Unknown" opened in the top spot and has grossed more than $130 million worldwide on a reported production budget of $30 million.


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    • 9 years 10 months ago
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    Yeah, I remember hearing about it when Ruairi Robinson was attached to direct. I think I remember hearing the idea was for DiCaprio (who was going to produce) to portray Kaneda, and the location had been changed from Neo-Tokyo to Neo-Manhattan. I'm guessing Warner Bros. didn't think Ruairi had enough experience.

    I hope it works out, but feel sure it will not be as good as the anime in many fans' eyes.
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    The anime wasn't that great. Now the manga on the other hand. Thats a work of art. Akira only gets its fame, because it was one of the first mainstream anime movies, to gain popularity from known filmmakers. Its actually nothing compared to the manga.
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    • 9 years 10 months ago
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    Quote by DebrisStorm
    The anime wasn't that great. Now the manga on the other hand. Thats a work of art. Akira only gets its fame, because it was one of the first mainstream anime movies, to gain popularity from known filmmakers. Its actually nothing compared to the manga.


    Seriously, The manga had so many interesting characters the movie left out, and Akira was actually alive, not some guts in a jar. Tetsuo was way more badass and unstable. Yamagata had a great part too trying to take on Tetsuo. The movie was merely a quick summary of the manga.
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    • 9 years 10 months ago
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    Quote by Burn
    Quote by DebrisStorm
    The anime wasn't that great. Now the manga on the other hand. Thats a work of art. Akira only gets its fame, because it was one of the first mainstream anime movies, to gain popularity from known filmmakers. Its actually nothing compared to the manga.


    Seriously, The manga had so many interesting characters the movie left out, and Akira was actually alive, not some guts in a jar. Tetsuo was way more badass and unstable. Yamagata had a great part too trying to take on Tetsuo. The movie was merely a quick summary of the manga.


    Exactly. The anime is the Cliff's Notes version.
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    • 9 years 10 months ago
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    I still have the Epic Comics issues somewhere in my basement. Though the version that Dark Horse released some years ago was much better.
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    Quote by Guild_Navigator
    I still have the Epic Comics issues somewhere in my basement. Though the version that Dark Horse released some years ago was much better.


    Yeah, the 6 volume trades are the best. I own those. Its the most complete version of the saga.
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    • 9 years 10 months ago
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    This is one of many examples of the difficult task to make an adaptation of a book/manga/comic book. If the anime is cool the manga even phenomenal.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jafd97yJFOI

    it's supposedly coming out this year
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    • 9 years 10 months ago
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    The Akira anime movie was good. I only hope they won't screw Akira like they did to Dragon Ball... In my opinion, movies like these should be made by Japanese people, without any adaptations to Western culture. We should accept the anime like it is.
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