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Albert Hughes to direct the live-action AKIRA adaptation?!?!

Hey folks, Harry here with another story from Variety refugee, Mike Fleming over at DEADLINE who asks if the HUGHES Brothers are splitting to handle different projects. I talked with the brothers at length after the AICN screening of BOOK OF ELI earlier this year. Actually - between FROM HELL and BOOK OF ELI - the brothers had split to do different projects - mainly commercials, then got back together with BOOK OF ELI, which had a long development process. I asked them at the time whether they were going to continue directing together and they seemed to indicate to me that they were. Mike points out that Albert is taking the lead on a live action adaptation of AKIRA -- while Allen is heading up directing an HBO pilot called GENTLEMEN OF LEISURE - which takes off where AMERICAN PIMP knocked it. Given that their directing style together allowed them to focus on different aspects of physical production - I'm betting that Albert will head up the process on AKIRA with his brother Allen joining him in the fray. But that's supposition - I'll reach out to find out more on AKIRA tomorrow... like, is it 3D? Where is the script at? Etc. So let's hop to finding out, right? And before I go - Can you imagine the right way to do AKIRA live action? It would be epic beyond words if nailed. Then again, having watched the trailer to SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD about a 100 times - there is a part of me that thinks now is the time to nail this project. Now, will they be left alone to make the best adaptation possible? That's another story...

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  • April 2, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Crossing my fingers...

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Awesome visuals are not enough.

  • April 2, 2010, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Really not so sure about this

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    I'm usually very optimistic when it comes to new projects but I just don't find it very believable that Akira could be done justice as a live-action film.

  • April 2, 2010, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Interesting choice though...

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach it coulda been some untested noob, or god forbid, some dipshit like Ratner.

  • April 2, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    There is no way Akira will be nothing other than a bad movie.

    by Gabba-UK

    First of all it's going to HAVE to be a budget of Avatar proportions. It can't be done for anything less than $300m. And because of that level of investment there is no way in hell that a movie studio is stump up that kind of money unless the movie is set in Neo New York with the cast of 90210! Unless the movie has that kind off budget, set in Neo Tokyo with a japanise (I'll allow English speaking, just) cast I ain't seeing it. I'll stick to the far superior cartoon thanks.

  • April 2, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    It will be like Speed Racer. Shit.

    by V'Shael

    Speed Racer, for all it's many faults, was as close as anyone can get to a live-anime.<br /><br />It was shit.<br /><br />

  • April 2, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    If Moon and District 9 have shown anything

    by Borstal Boy

    ...its that awesome sci fi movies CAN be made for reasonable budgets. Stop being an ass with your Big Movie Spectacle Needs $300 million.

  • April 2, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Do you know if Albert will be adapting the Manga or just remaking the anime?<p>I'd really love to see him use the Manga as the source so it'll help the film feel like its own thing and not like just another re-tread of a masterpiece. Maybe he'll let you know when you talk tomorrow?

  • April 2, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Nude cameo by Rosie O'Donnell

    by Iowa Snot Client

    At the climax, natch.

  • April 2, 2010, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Optimistic. We'll see. And when I say "we".....

    by dr sauch

    I mean me, and not the fatty moron talkbackers who, based solely on the unformed idea of a movie, have declared it "shit."

  • April 2, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Leave Akira alone!

    by umbral_shadow_

    Is nothing sacred in Hollywood?

  • April 2, 2010, 6:39 a.m. CST

    dr sauch

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    I'm also optimistic. Just approaching this with some caution is all. Considering FROM HELL was almost a great film, I think the Hughes Brothers have definite potential to make this right. As long as they don't cast Heather Graham as Kaori or some shit we'll be golden!

  • April 2, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Why would you say "Then again..." Harry?

    by D.Vader

    Your first and second point are not in conflict. A live action Akira would be epic. Following that statement with "then again" only makes sense if you're going to say something contrary, like now is NOT the right time for such a film. Just trying to help you ensure your writings aren't too confusing for your audience.

  • April 2, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Book of Eli: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Can the split between these two brothers be a good thing if they could barely get something going together?

  • April 2, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST


    by mclatchy

    What qualifies the Hughes brothers to be within 100 miles of Akira? This film should NOT be made, but if it is then it needs a director with the skills to handle it and the clout to do it the way it should be done!!!

  • April 2, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    The Hughes brothers make nice looking films.

    by rbatty024

    Even if they sometimes stumble in the plot arena. <p> Akira is the anime for people who don't like anime (most of the time I'm one of those people), so it will be interesting to see what an American take on this property changes.

  • April 2, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST


    by Gweaser

  • April 2, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by JerseyGeorge

    Being a huge anime fan, a live action version of Akira sounds grea, along with a live action Ninja Scroll, Sprigan, or Evangelion. The are good possibilites of this being a great movie if stay true to its original story. I have seen the book of Eli and thought it was so so. In all honesty I think Peter Jackson is one of the few people who could do it justice. On a side note wasn't DiCaprio origianly rumored to do this project along with Ninja Scroll?

  • April 2, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST


    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    For some strange reason, I can picture Trigun making for an awfully cool live-action adaption of an anime. Just a fun sci-fi western.

  • April 2, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by LaserPants


  • April 2, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    AKIRA, greatest book, movie and soundtrack ever

    by CharyouTree

  • April 2, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Speaking of MOON and D9

    by CharyouTree

    give it to Blomkamp, or Duncan Jones, they seem like they'd understand the story and keep it within a budget

  • April 2, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    "blade runner meets city of god"

    by KonkBob

    Was how the studio once described it. Doubt it.

  • April 2, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    It sure has amazing visual potential. Hope they nail

    by Mr Nicholas

    the message and philosophy underneath it too.

  • April 2, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Akira 2011 trailer

    by KonkBob

  • April 2, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST


    by cyberskunk

    Also, hmm.

  • April 2, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    "AKIRA, greatest book, movie and soundtrack ever"

    by LaserPants

    Totally. Fucking. Agree!!!

  • April 2, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST


    by krull rules

    BAD IDEA! Thank you Leonardo DiCaprio --

  • April 2, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    I Would Rather see Live Action Gantz

    by ChocolateJesusMan

    Directed by either Neil Blompkamp or David Lynch

  • April 2, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Three words. Dragon Ball Evolution. But more pathetic.

    by ricarleite2

    Well, this movie is meant for stupid american white trash and 12 year old idiot kids, so who cares anyway.

  • April 2, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Live Action GANTZ by Cronenberg

    by LaserPants

    Love Lynch, but Gantz is way more Cronenbergian.

  • April 2, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    The talented one is

    by Hercules


  • April 2, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    As long as they get the bike right....

    by Ebixby

    and tetsuo has a cape, I'm in.

  • April 2, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    No Kanye, no dice.

    by leonardo_dicraprio

    But I think those three minutes might be enough live-action akira for me.

  • April 2, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    LaserPants, dude, been a long time

    by CharyouTree

    Don't know if you remember my humble dissagrements with you (T2, lol) But at least we always agreed that this is masterpiece dude.

  • April 2, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Akira doesn't need a 300 million dollar budget???????

    by AnarchyWorldsEnd

    The Anime is VERY character driven and even if they take the second piece of the manga the big fight scenes only involve motorcycles and a couple of flying platforms.__________________________________________________________ Outside of Tetsuo's CGI flesh explosion and some digital rendering of Neo Tokyo exactly where would all the money go???_________________________________________________________If the Hughes keep it real, in Tokyo and pop Rain or some bankable Asian star as Kaneda I think they'll nail it. The kidds have to keep the cyberpunk anti social attitude and the Colonel and the government agencies have to represent the oppression. They did this dynamic in book of Eli well, so I was told.

  • April 2, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    No 3D

    by Mr.FTW

    It's a studio price gouging gimmick and it needs to stop.

  • April 2, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Tetsuo should be played by...

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    the kid from Breaking Bad.Ever since season 1,I thought.."this kid looks like the bad kid from Akira".I am not kidding.

  • April 2, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by CrunchyMilk

    didn't AICN run a story a while back saying this wasn't going to happen? Or am I getting Cowboy Bebop and Akira mixed up?

  • April 2, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Borstal Boy

    by Toilet_Terror

    Have you seen Akira? $30 million live-action Akira ain't happening.

  • April 2, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Regardless, it's just a dumb idea.

    by Toilet_Terror

    If you want to remake Bladerunner as an action film, there are probably cheaper ways to do it.

  • April 2, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Why are you guys such naysayers?

    by Gweaser

    Give them a chance! I'd definitely want to see a kick-ass Akira live action. Have faith in Hughes.

  • April 2, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    It has to be in Japan....

    by I_am_Torgo

    ...not New York, or LA, or wherever else in the US, and with a full Japanese cast. Either that or leave the fucking orignal alone, for fucks sake.

  • April 2, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    I\m hop

    by Styrophoamicus

  • April 2, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Ever wondered...

    by eule

    ...why Japanese filmmakers haven't already tried to adapt Akira? Some stories just don't work as live action movies

  • April 2, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Bleach is also going to be made into a live-action movie.

    by cyberskunk

    It's challenging to imagine an acclaimed movie resulting from this.<p> Now you feel like number one Shining bright for everyone Living out your fantasy, the Brightest star for all to seeeeee

  • April 2, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Japanese cast, Tokyo setting, etc..

    by dahveed1972

    OBVIOUSLY, no studio/investor/producer in their right mind would even bother considering a Japanese-only mega-production. I agree that an Americanization would be an abortion, but unless the Japanese gov't levies an AKIRA tax on its citizens and funds the movie itself, you will NEVER see a proper Akira film. More likely, we will get an "inspired by" Akira movie with a different title, setting, etc... Sorry

  • April 2, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    ...The saddest movie i ever saw

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...Literally cried myself to sleep thinkin bout the movie after i saw it lol... poor Tetsuo

  • April 2, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    ...And "sayid" of the lost tbs

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...Sounds like he REALLY HATES Harry lol... its cool, just start up your site (and i used your codename i gave ya just in case if there is any aicn retaliation lol)

  • April 2, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by dahveed1972 Asian actor emerges with the clout of a Will Smith or DeCaprio. In THIS market, not Asia. So forget about any existing Asian movie action star of the moment (or the past, like Jet Li or Jackie Chan or Chow Fat). Even then, he'd have to be young enuf to play one of the leads (Kinada or Tetsuo i guess). So its highly unlikely. Again, sorry

  • April 2, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST Rain will be casted

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...Since he is Hellywood "japanese"... oh and Harold from American Pie...

  • April 2, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Best director for dystopian future

    by Rechar


  • April 2, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Very tricky business here

    by CartoonFanboy

    For those who think this movie can be done like Moon or D9, I would argue that those movies where built around limited budgets. Akira is an epic (EPIC) existing property that would not work on a smaller scale. Also, I'm not sure who said that this would not need to be $300 million because it's character drive needs to give the anime another viewing. Bike chases, giant lasers destroying Tokyo, sewer chases, the final confrontation at the stadium! How is that not going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars? One last thing, the anime is a very trimmed down version of the manga, so you can't trim down the anime for live action and still have the story work. Not saying it can't be filmed, just saying it's a very tricky, and expensive thing.

  • April 2, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Has to be in Japan

    by CartoonFanboy

    Any other location (like New York) will instantly destroy the films credibility.

  • April 2, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    could it work

    by ihatetalkbacks

    I have mellowed in my view about Akira and actually think it could work if given a large budget and have no stars in it. Avatar was not groaning under the weight of its star power and has made millions. It would be reset to America by a studio, but could work in either LA - lots space around the city or maybe some where like Detroit with a massive renewal project. The politics and social setting would have to be thought out by a VERY good writer though. Race and religion would probably be more of a focus than youth and a political elite. I think a director has to concerntrate on the wider story and not focus on the action, the settings and conflict make the spectacle not lots of overly thought out set pieces. Personally I think the Hughes are wrong for the material and an older more sedate director should do it. The Hughs may be good at the personal rivalries and contempt for authority which have been themes in a few of their films...

  • April 2, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST


    by ihatetalkbacks

    I see that "it has to set in Tokyo or not at all" has broken out... so all the fan boys minds are made up. Tetsuo could still be Japanese and have been kidnapped or an imigrant into America. The whole story could be set in a European capital with Japanese and American political meddling as an undercurrent. It could create a lot of drama and negate the "they just Americanised it" boo hooing. Get some one that has directed multithread naratives like tyhe two that did City of God. I think pacing would be a massive element to the film with the mounting scale and eventual horror building and building as it did in the 2 Nolan Batmans

  • April 2, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    The lower budget thing could definitely work

    by CrunchyMilk

    They'd just have to remove or modify a few scenes, blasphemy I know, but it worked for Watchmen right? I don't think they did it in Watchmen to save money but the same principal applies. Just find a way to communicate the same thing, but cheaper.

  • April 2, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    found this script over at done deal pro forums

    by charlesbronsonLIVES <p> and yes, it appears to be set in new york.

  • April 2, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    They are gonna be afraid to cast real Asians...

    by CodeName

    The really unique aspect about Akira is that it's coming from a Japanese generation that has been affected by the Hiroshima bombing, as horrible as that event was. That was also the driving force for the plot of the story. I bet the Hughes will put this in Neo-New York instead with a predominantly white cast. When this happens, it will not be Akira anymore. Look at the name itself: Akira. Don't do it, guys. Leave it alone.

  • April 2, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    The Neo-Manhatten thing "could" work

    by CharyouTree

    That way I could buy having a mixture of cultures in the main parts, thats the only concession I could take, also about the budget, if they go of the comics then it would be of course bigger, as the latter section is based in a destroyed city which surely would cost abit.

  • April 2, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Neo Manhattan would/could add a racial aspect

    by CharyouTree

    Kaneda and Co could still be Japanese, The Clowns, Goverment and doctors the americans doing experiments on the intergrated population, doubt that would be a good idea though.

  • April 2, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by ihatetalkbacks

    I admit that the Comic and to some extent the anime are a product of their time and social setting so this to me seems to suggest that 20 years after the anime was released it could updated or modified. Even if the film was set in Japan a lot in society has changed. The comic was cold ware era for instance. Technology has adavanced and Japan is a diferent country globally. Some very good Films have deviated from their source material... Bladerunner being one that is radically different in setting and narrative but similar in theme. Starship Troopers too.

  • April 2, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    the good thing about Albert directing is

    by irc-Hollywood

    you know he'd make it a hard R with a shit load of violence and gore from the anime.

  • April 2, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    YES! I mean....NO!!

    by Jared_Syn_City

    Who thinks that this would translate well to film? The great animated movie didn't even really capture the whole essence and plot of the manga. Do we really want a crappy CGI 3D version of an un-film able story?

  • April 2, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Kinda wish Zack Synder would do this

    by irc-Hollywood

    shot for shot remake of the anime please!

  • April 2, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    If it's gonna be in Neo New York...

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    there's no way you will have an all white cast in a melting pot city of culture. I'm sure we will have a pissed off Indian dude, Japanese dude who's mechanical, black/latino guy (prob comic relief yet tough -sorry to stereotype, it's the movies) a midget with 1 eye lost in the explosion with vital information, Zoe Saldana or Ziyi Zhang as the Kaori character (fingers crossed) and then you got your Leo as Tetsuo and Anton Yelchin as Kaneda. Tony Leung as the Colonel? Fuckin A!!!

  • April 2, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    annie, i think you got your characters mixed a tad

    by charlesbronsonLIVES

    kaneda is the slightly older character and dicaprio was originally pegged to play that role when whitta's script was in place. with the younger more volatile role of tetsuo being then circled by joseph gordon-levitt. as where that all stands now, i'm not so sure, but especially in the script thats warner is using (the hawk draft)tetsuo is played as a younger character and i agree that yelchin would be great in the movie, but him playing the hero to dicaprio's bad guy would be a tad off. then again, i don't really know what i'm talking about.

  • April 2, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Akira's budget

    by SSquirrel

    $30M like D9 might be a bit small, but 60-70M certainly seems like a doable number. A large part of the reason Avatar cost $300M to make is b/c they were working on it for 4 years. Developing new camera systems, paying tons of people. That adds up.

  • April 2, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    All anime is about to go down on a

    by Dawhiteguy

    live action 3D phallic object and swallow a whole lot of the art form it strived not to be. This herpes simplex infection known as AICN and its little cold sore warriors will probably stand behind this all the way down the green mile. While the real fans of anime- in the realm of which akira is a head of state- will ignite in fury as the pool of colors runs dry.

  • April 2, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    ...Tetsuo just wanted to fit in

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...As a child, as a member of the group, all he wanted was to fit in... but then his girl got raped and he accidentally killed her... poor Tetsuo

  • April 2, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Hopefully Starring Japanese Kids, And Filmed In Japan

    by Media Messiah

    You need to be bold enough to execute this right!!! It should be an all Japanese cast.

  • April 2, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Tetsuo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kaneda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by prunkhaft

    Chris Klein is Kaneda! And that one dude who played Goku in the Dragonball movie would be a perfect Tetsuo. This can't go wrong.

  • April 2, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by charlesbronsonLIVES

    i'd be all over that fucking movie. amazing. although every time i see justin chatwin i stomp a kitten to death.

  • April 2, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Akira was already done right

    by MurderMostFowl

    Why make a live action version of this? I just don't get it. Ever see the live Action Death Note? It's awful.

  • April 2, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    It has to be in Japan....

    by I_am_Torgo

    ....don't you Yanks ever learn? Neo-Manhattan, for god’s sake! Listen to yourselves. Hollywood is littered with non-US films that have been remade to suit Mr. and Mrs. Mid-West. Some have been good, admittedly so, but in the main they have been bad, such as; Wicker Man, Breathless, Jakob the Liar, Solaris, Quarantine, The Italian Job, and Funny Games (even if it was made by the same director). These remakes are pure unadulterated homogenized Hollywood, no more no less. Is there not some studio, and director out there that has the balls to make this as it should be? Yes, in Tokyo (or at least set in Tokyo) with Japanese actors. I also believe that there is going to be a Dambusters remake in the works? No doubt that will follow along the same lines as that Hollywood crap-fest U-571. I can see it all now; Germany will be replaced with Vietnam, Korea, or Iraq, John Goodman will play Winston Churchill, Tom Cruise is Guy Gibson, and Leonardo DiCrapio is Barnes Wallis, and the token Brit will be that cheeky cokernee chappie, Don (Basher Tarr) Cheadle as the ‘bouncing bomb’….I can’t fucking wait!

  • April 2, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by Froduss

    How would it ruin the original film if an American live action one is made? Will it send a self destruct command to all existing DVDs? Or will there be some brainwashing involved for us to forget the original? Explain the process, because you've got me scared.

  • April 2, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    I've been an Akira fan since I was 14

    by Amazing Maurice

    The original 6 part graphic novel blew my fucking mind as a kid.<p>And to this day, I still consider it to be one of the greatest stories ever written by mankind in any form.<p>I live in fear of a Hollywood version.

  • April 2, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    why must a lice action

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent

    akira movie be made? whats the point? you wont make money with such a niche title...

  • April 2, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed Book of Eli

    by Judge Briggs

    Mila Kunis is silly hot too. Man, did you know she is dating Milkuley Culkin? That fucker is lucky!

  • April 2, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    RE: Neo-Manhattan

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Word on the street was that they intended the story to take place in New York. The Akira "incident" would level the city and a financially strapped America would request the assistance of other nations to help rebuild it. Chief amongst these would be the now-wealthy Japan which would send thousands of people for the reconstruction effort. Therefore, the present population would be largely Japanese at the time of the story.

  • April 2, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    I'm so, so, sorry...

    by redkamel

    for all the Akira fans. If you think this will be faithfully adapted, you are. gravely. mistaken. They're not hiring Peter Jackson to adapt a classic novel that a whole generation read. Its anime. It will be a "cartoon" to the studio. There is no way they will get it right. The lure for them is not the plot, the social commentary, or the crazy story and ending. Its the name and the feel....and the feel they will screw up, unless they get someone with Ridley Scott or Michael Mann's talent for filming cities. Remember Astro Boy? How awesome it could have been, and how awesome it wasn't?<p>Fuck man, IS nothing sacred? <p>They should try cutting their teeth on some anime no one REALLY cares about to see how to adapt/play it well. Essentially, what to keep and what not to keep. Like, start with Vampire Hunter D. Its decent. Its interesting. Could be had for a song. Could make it big, but if it fails, no one will care. But the studio would learn a lot. Then tackle things like Akira and Patlabor.

  • April 2, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST


    by Annie The Pod Racer

    I transposed the characters thnx for seeing that! JGL would be a good choice for Tetsuo, but Yelchin looks younger if that's what there going for and when he looks scared, he looks scared (Alpha Dog), which is what Tetsuo needs. Leo can look like a Bully no problem for Kaneda's part easily.

  • April 2, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    by DustoMan

    I'm on board is Garry Whitta's script is still attached!

  • April 3, 2010, 12:50 a.m. CST

    they are going to mess it up`

    by Weapon M

    This movie is a classic, and its like making an adaptation of a masterpiece.. How do you replicate that.. in a different medium at that... Having someone like the Hughes brothers doing something on that level, it just dont seem like their thing.. This is an artsy movie, this is a movie that needs to have a visionary-- I dont think it should be taken lightly, and if it is done it should be a game changer.. .like the way the matrix was no less.. not just an adaptation...... i'm talking Big budget and even a team up of different mega directors like Teaming Quentin Tarintino with a mega director like Peter Jackson, or Guiermo Del Toro... Tarintino would do the trailers and the style of the story, and the other director would do the screen play. it should be like the Watchmen but an Akira version,, like total remake in every way down to the very shot!

  • April 3, 2010, 2 a.m. CST


    by Dawhiteguy

    How about they start with Cool World and see if that doesnt confuse them out the door. Then maybe Vampire Hunter D, Golgo 13, Ranma 1/2, Princess Mononoke, Ninja Scroll, Metropolis, or Cowboy Bebop, or Grave of the Fireflies, will be the stopping point. You, and them, just dont get it. Its like turning Citizen Kane into a 3d colored movie starring Leonardo Dicaprio. Its not about being a fan boy of anime. We want to see some originality from directors. If they liked Akira as much as the rest of us. Then why dont they make their own anime?

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  • April 3, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    To quote Han Solo:

    by AsimovLives

    "I don't have a good feeling about this". No seree!

  • April 3, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Harry Patridge already gave us a glimpse of Hollywood Akira!

    by Johnno

  • April 3, 2010, 6:14 a.m. CST

    This shit has to take place in Tokyo!!!

    by Johnno

    If they really want a heavy American presence in it then change the story such that the military presence in Neo-Tokyo is American. Tokyo lost out in WWIII and became occupied by the US again who're trying to do the Iraq thing and rebuild the city and get Japan to gets its own government in order. It works out, you can make the general American along with some of the other scientists and shit and Akira, Kaneda, and Tetsuo will be Japanese kids in biker gangs. Hire me WB, I'll write a brief outline for you of possible ways you can make this work that don't suck!<br><br> Of course what I'd prefer they do is to make 2 or 3 films that adapt the manga fully, as there's some crazy stuff in there that isn't in the anime.<br><br> Oh yeah, and you'll need a HUGE budget for this! The city of Neo-Tokyo and the military are as much important characters as the rest of the cast. Whether you build those sets or CG it all, it won't happen cheap! Akira requires a hell of a lot of spectacle and complex shots, crowd simulations etc. etc. etc. You CANNOT District 9 this! They're incomparable! Did any of you actually watch the anime??? Low budget this and you lose the insane spectacle!<br><br>WB should get the Wachowskis on this. Sure Speed Racer tanked, but Speed RAcer was wonderful, and they made plenty of bank for WB with the Matrix Trilogy and also V for Vendetta. The Wachowski brothers can do this! And I'm sure they're licking their lips at the thought of playing around with James Cameron's tech! They won't screw this up!

  • April 3, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives-To quote Robert De Niro:

    by BixbySnyder

    <p>"Liar, whore, liar whore."</p> <p>Han Solo never said that. Your "geek" cover is slipping, you commie rat bastard.</p>

  • April 3, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Also, the Wachowski brothers...

    by BixbySnyder

    <p>Ain't brothers anymore, the correct term would be siblings.</p> <p>But we don't talk about that here.</p> <>Im pretty sure Lana is licking something though. Probably something with Coke in it.</p> <p>Or on it.</p>

  • April 3, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    not now. not yet.

    by spectacles

    Anyone who has read the manga knows that a live-action Akira would require a ridiculously HUGE budget. And at the very very least, a visionary director - not some okayish hollywood Hughes brother guy.<br><br> Also, the Akira scripts that were floating around... Not so good. The dialogue was poor, certain elements cheesy and many changes from the source material just not required. STILL, some of the scenes, if put to film, by a creative genius film making team... wow, Akira has the potential to be one of the all time greats.

  • April 3, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Screwed it up once...

    by Ahastings

    These guys basically wiped their asses with Alan Moore's graphic novel, turning it into forgettable Hollywood garbage. Now one of them wants to play with the(imho) greatest comic to ever come out of Japan? How many toddler drownings does a babysitter supervise before you stop letting them watch your kids?

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  • April 3, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Why even pretend

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    This will be good? Its so utterly pointless even debating it. It will look like shit, the story will be butchered and it will have a garbage hip hop soundtrack. This will be the worst movie of the year when its released directly to dvd. This is going to be terrible and every one here knows it. what a joke.

  • April 3, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

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  • April 3, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by redkamel

    Hey I would love for some original ideas, but you and I both know that isn't going to happen. Plus, there's nothing wrong with adapting something...if you can do it right. The LOTR movies I think is a great complement to the books. Movies themselves are always rebooted/redone (unfortunately too often these days)<p>An Akira live action could be unbelievably cool if done right. Same with Ghost in the Shell. I enjoy them as animes, but the anime format does have its own stigma in the US. Unfortunately, these are good ideas and good plots that go un-noticed here..and if I and everyone on the block can see a live action, imax version of important anime films done right I'd be beside myself because they'll never show the original anime that way. And while I am no anime buff, I definitely think some anime would transfer well, and some definitely wouldn't <p> All I am saying is if they are going to adapt anything and everything that isn't live action (videogames, anime, cartoons, comic books), as they tend to do, they better damn well learn to do it before they start doing the important stuff. I know they aren't going to stop, and their track record is balls. I like vampire hunter D, but I mean, its Vampire Hunter D. Not Akira. <p>Also, I don't know why you included Cool World in your list beyond the fact that they screwed it up right out the door and didn't make it "real enough" from what I remember, but AFAIK it wasn't adapted from anything. It also had of lot weird cartoon on person sexual.

  • April 3, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by redkamel

    ...tension. Sexual tension I meant to say!

  • April 3, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Low budgeted LIVE ACTION AKIRA

    by HollywoodPlant

    Right here.. like, really low.

  • April 3, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST


    by Harry Weinstein

    There is no right way to do AKIRA in live action.

  • April 3, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Beyond Belief:

    by Dawhiteguy

    Congrats! There is a Weinstein that understand that making a live action movie of a cult classic adaption is retarded. You sir are a blasphemy to Harry' and Weinstein' in this here joint.

  • April 3, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by redkamel

    Please explain how there is "no right way to do Akira" in live action. Satisfy my curiosity.

  • April 3, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    yeah so - who gives a shit?

    by yeahso

    just another hole for the wood to rape - how this could ever be live-action is a mystery to me. AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW NOW YOU KNOW

  • April 3, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    wait sorry that was harsh

    by yeahso

    it's not like we're talking about somebody trying to remake Godzilla or something...

  • April 3, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST

    sorry...last time

    by yeahso

    i react more than i read - to much BULL in the air atmosphere sometimes. force it and you can boil akira down to a more thoughtful scanners... but we're dumbing it WAY down in thre process - like sweat turning to salt, the adaptation will be unrecgonizable from the source material. Case in point - rutger in the fist of the north star...

  • April 4, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Akira's depth of story is without peer

    by Seth Gecko

    No direcotr on the planet could make a two hour movie from the Akira source mateiral. Firstly they would replace Kaneda and Tetsuo with some dipshit American teens. The brotherly love between those two characters and the decisions they ultimately have to face in order to decide the fate of Neo Tokyo are just astoundingly complex. Tetsuo is a life force gone apeshit. He can't contain his exponential power growth and is literally becoming too big for the world he inhabits to hold him. Would any director actually grasp the thematics prevelant in Akira. Techno phobia, nuclear holocaust and the political bonds it both severs and recreates, apocalyptic themes, child exploitation etc.... Not exactly small fry issues.

  • April 4, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Maybe I should be more worried...

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    ...but I just can't muster it, cause people have been talking about doing this for years and it just keeps falling apart every damn time. I guess a part of me just doesn't really think this will happen quite honestly. The Hughes Brothers should go back to making some kick-ass small films first, and earn their way out of the Director Jail they've been confined to ever since that ridiculous casting failure with Heather Graham.&zwj;&zwj;&zwj;&ensp;<br><p>Because AKIRA needs and deserves a true Visionary at the helm...not just some skilled journeyman.

  • April 4, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST


    by redkamel

    no one has really answered why its impossible, besides that "the story is too deep". Note, I have only seen the anime, which I thought was excellent. Haven't read the source. If you made a movie and kept it really, REALLY close to the anime I think it doable. Will it happen? No. But it could be done. It would take an awesome director, money, and balls.

  • April 4, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Red here is why...

    by Dawhiteguy

    Here is an example of ways they could go at the adaptation that would be very significant to its exploitation. First, we have the blood sucking money making version which can be compared to Transformers- or something a little newer, Nightmare on Elm Street. In which, they only use small nostalgic moments of awe for the cultist. Usually these will be over used in the commercials. The rest of the movie will have new material and will be made to connect primarily with teenagers in america. What does that mean? 1. The characters will be americanized. - That ruins the symbolic nature of why so many of us Americans watched the animated movie from japan in the first place. A canvas of beauty and horror, which we could relate to without it being U.S. ...and... It will take place in America. - It will be in neo New York with a japanese undertone. Why? because being simple it taking place in Japan could cause a cut in the amount of money they could make from the film. This means a loss of key characters of the adapted material. They will go over this sf course. So we will see them make all the character adore anime. New material so people wont be bored. This also sets in the rating system. That will put a lot of scenes to shame if those scene even make it to the final cut. 3. The money to produce + The money to hire actors + The money spent per years * the creative ability wasted during that period = A loss of not only money but years of original creative ability.

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