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Another Akira Casting Rumor Emerges From the Frozen Locker

Published at: Nov. 7, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST by scottgreen

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Following the recent Zac Efron chatter, Bloody Disgusting has picked up a new bit of casting talk concerning the Hughes directed live action Akira. Morgan Freeman may be the face of the military in the broken society of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira, Colonel Shikishima. (Bit trivia, Akira's biker delinquent protagonist Shotaro Kaneda shares a name with the boy detective who controls heroic giant robot forerunner, Tetsuijin 28 aka Gigantor, and Akira's Colonel shares a name with that boy's scientist confidant, Professor Shikishima - which suggests something about Akira's relationship to the early tradition of a giant robot as a symbol of a powerful, industrial future.)

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  • Nov. 7, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Anime Sucks!

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    That Is all

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    First

    by lmoroney

    Woo-hoo. Efron in an Anime movie? Giveth a break to me. How about a japanese actor?

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Darn, not first :)

    by lmoroney

    Oh well...I tried. And when are they going to make a movie out of 'The Fourth World' (wink)

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Imoroney sucks at being first!

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    That is all

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman will be 110 by the time this comes out

    by torontoxic

    Thankfully for him I'm sure someone will wise up on this shit. If Norrington isn't making it then no one should let alone two dipshit losers from the second tier of the 90's race card beneficiaries.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Seems Weird To Call This Akira

    by Cinemanimetal

    With these casting rumors it's more likely to be called Alex or something. Seems like this film won't be set in Japan. Neo-New York then? Ha!

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    We're still boned.

    by Yelsaeb

    Morgan Freeman can't make miracles happen.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

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  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Is Morgan Freeman this generations James Earl Jones?

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    as in he is the way over used goto guy when it comes to casting any authority figure? couldnt swing a dead cat in late 80's early 90's without seeing JEJ now same with the granddaughter lover

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Dreamcatcher part 2

    by krod

    Revenge of the bushy eyebrows

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Can someone

    by Robber_Button

    leak some topless Christina Hendricks pictures online? <br></br> <br></br> The fearful symmetry of that would be mind blowing... <br></br><br></br> Let's not call it Akira anymore, let's call it Kenny fucking Powers or Timmy or Brad... or George.?

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    "anime sucks!" - some guy who named himself after red bull

    by RedHorseVector

    go slam another energy drink while you jerk off to ufc fights on youtube, faggot.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Saw 2 black guys in Wyoming last year.

    by Robber_Button

    One in January t'other in the fall. Had to move Ass Creek Mississippi to get away from them. <br></br><br></br> True Story

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    got a little 'red' civil war going on

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    funny

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Robber_Button, you sound lost...

    by BurnHollywood

    Go home, you racist schmuck.<p>  ▲<br> ▲ ▲

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Akira should be called...

    by korkie70

    brett, or chad, or john etc as I heard they called it Akira as that is a very common name in Japan.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

      ▲<br>

    by BurnHollywood

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Burn Hollywood

    by Robber_Button

    Didn't get it huh? <br></br><br></br>S'OK. Puppy, some things will inevitably go over your head you reactionary twat.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    NO. NO, NO, NO, NO AND NO!!!

    by ricarleite2

    Why take an anime and dumb down for white trash tea party stupid america? LEAVE. ANIME. THE FUCK. ALONE.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Japanese actor - 1st or 2nd generation

    by marineboy

    ...just no white mall rats please. This is the 21st Century - the audience wants to see diversity, and not another metrosexual caucasian on screen. We're bored Hollywood - BORED!

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    the original akira anime movie was boring

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    very disappointing

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    How about the alien prequel rumour?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    According to THR, Ridley plans on only making the first film set before Alien, the second film is supposed to be set 10 years after Alien and 47 years before Aliens.<P>Looks like Ridley will finally get to make Alien 2 after all these years, it just better not fuck up anything Cameron set up

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Redbull_Werewolf

    by MustGoFaster

    I hope that Alien rumor is true. Ideally Ridley should just do the second movie and forget the prequel altogether. Who wants to see a prequel?

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Hughes brothers!

    by Gwai Lo

    That's news to me. They've already failed to create a memorable or convincing future in THE BOOK OF ELI. So I'm not too optimistic here. I don't even think a live-action AKIRA is such a bad idea. But I would hope that even if they wanted to set it in America they'd set it in some Japanese-American motorcycle racing community or something. All that "Kaneeeedaaaaaaaaa!" and "Tetsuuuoooooooooo!" is gonna sound stupid if it's Zac Efron being yelled at. Get Tadanobu Asano in that shit and Bob's your Uncle.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Akira was a fine anime movie

    by lochkray

    It was visually stunning, the animation fantastic (and being preCGI, and preDisney-2nd-Golden-Age, it was the best annimation seen in a looooong time). But the plot and concepts werent so fantastic that they need to be repeated in a live action form, regardless of the setting or ethnic background of the cast. Can't say I'm too excited about this one.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I hate where this is going... Hughes Brothers I'm alright with

    by andrew coleman

    I actually think their style is right here, sorry guy from Wyoming who hates blacks but sorry you have to fuck your sister everyday, but that's no excuse to be racist. Anyway they are making this clearly too American which is the wrong way to do it.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Akira = Classic........

    by Dark Doom

    This movie set the bar for all the anime that followed, it was a revolutionary use of the medium. I can't see a live action version working. I mean how do you do killer teddy bears? I don't have a lot of faith here. I smell speed racer syndrome here, it won't translate to live action....

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    MustGoFaster

    by WeylandYutani

    Wouldn't the Scott directed ALIEN sequel still be a prequel... to ALIENS?

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Freeman is also wrong for that role.

    by Royston Lodge

    It should be someone like that badass Army commander from 28 Weeks Later.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen the end of that Denzel/Oldman one

    by UltraTron

    made by the "two dipshit losers from the second tier of the 90's race card beneficiaries". Oldman was tearing it up- I want to see the rest of that one

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Freeman is just wrong. Period. What the fuck is

    by UltraTron

    it with celebrity? Does it turn you insane or do they just make a point of hiring freaks and scumbags? What a picture of integrity that guy is. He's fucking God for crying out loud. The heart wants? Sorry pal but the dick wants.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Steven Williams or Lance Reddick would be way better.

    by Royston Lodge

    Is Williams still acting, or is he just a full-time producer now?<p> Reddick would be pretty awesome as The Colonel.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Is Ken Wantanbe too busy

    by Phategod2

    The casting is retarded. P.S. racist sucks.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    @dark doom and other thoughts

    by ranma627

    How do you do Killer Teddy Bears? Have you not seen Muse's music video for Uprising? I don't see the point in calling this Akira if you're just going to Americanized it. That takes away what makes it Akira to begin with. I really enjoy the original anime despite its muddled narrative.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Whoosh...

    by bubcus

    I skipped Speed Racer, I think I made the right choice based on the clips I saw.<BR><BR> Akira is visually fascinating but a really weird flick. I really don't see mainstream American audiences catching onto it.<BR><BR> I am okay with the idea of casting Zac Efron to the film, I just hope they don't make another crapfest like, let's say, Dungeons & Dragons was.<BR><BR>

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Rain, John Chow, Jay Chou, donnie yen,

    by Phategod2

    Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Daniel Dae Kim,michelle yeoh, Devon Aoki,Chiaki Kuriyama. Look at that a full Asian cast that can speak English and act.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Cool. The Akira character may still be Japanese

    by Drath

    I don't know why it's so bad to retain that and still have a bunch of westerners in other roles.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland

    by pushthebuttonmax

    If they touch it, they will die.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Phategod2

    by WeylandYutani

    Exactly what I was thinking re Ken Wantanbe. That would be inspired casting.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    This is turning into the live action Fist of the North Star

    by CodeName

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Live action Fist of the North Star > live action Akira

    by CodeName

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Ed Hsrris IS the Colonel!

    by Raymar

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    no way

    by Wyndam Earle

    this is gonna work with Effron innit. Tetsuo and Akira were tough, Zach-notsomuch...

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Someone finally brought up...

    by HansBubi

    ...the live action Fist of the North Star. Looks like our work here is done.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    specially wit the

    by Wyndam Earle

    h taken off his name now

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST

    wasn't Jeff speakmen and Ruffio in that

    by Phategod2

    It was God Awful but not as bad as Dragon Ball.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    It would make for a great Trilogy.

    by Bang!_Your_Dead

    The manga was actually much better. The anime film only contains about the first half of the manga. You could easily split it up into 3 great films.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST

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  • Nov. 8, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    It could work..

    by Aidil_Afham

    Its useless to hope for this to b set in Japan with a Japanese cast. But i hope Holywood realises the post nuclear Japan is a character in itself. But id imagine it cud work in a dystopian Bladerunner-esque Future, roving disenfranchised biker teens wud fit right in.. I think adapting this anime is a bad idea..but if done right, it cud work..

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Am i the only person who thinks Zac cud pull dis off?

    by Aidil_Afham

    Kaneda is kinda of a pretty boy to begin with..with a badasa bike..the kind Tetsuo *ahem*JosephGordonLevitt wud be jealous of..

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 12:58 a.m. CST

    One of the greatest things about Akira...

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    And there are lots of great things, but one of the greatest is that they recorded the voice actors first and then lipsynced the whole movie. I guess it doesn't make as much difference if you don't speak Japanese, but that point alone sets it miles ahead of pretty much everything else ever.<p> Best cell animation you will ever see. Huge concepts and ideas thrown around with almost zero audience-pandering exposition. If you haven't watched much anime it can be hard to see just how incredible it really is, compared to most of the rest of the stuff out there, especially all the shit from the last 10+ years... The more you learn about anime, the more you understand the medium, the better and better Akira gets.<p>Here's a live action example, as it probably suits most people on this site better. You know those really cool shots that make you think "how did they film that?," things like the non-cut shots at the start of Snakeyes or the camera spinning around the outside of the driving car in TC's War of the Worlds. Those are shots that the average movie goer is just going to see, and take for granted, and not realize what went into them or what makes then unique. Akira is packed with the anime equivilant of material just like that. You should be able to more than ejoy it without all that stuff, but you need the proper frame of reference to really understand why it is simply the best example of anime ever.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    @AndoSonundsLikeAMong

    by kidkombo

    right on brother. the only anime movie that comes close to akira in terms of epicness and ambition is Wings of Honneamise (released in '86). akira is slightly better as an overall movie, but Wings was just as important and really paved the way for big budget anime features. you wouldnt see all the amazing miyazake flicks without movies like wings and akira that really pushed the envelope in terms of what can be achieved with animated feature films.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST

    High School Glee Akira Musical!!!

    by lukestarkiller

    They got pretty boy Zac, get his hot (naked on the internet) real life "High School Musical" girlfriend (they can add a gratuitous PG13 make out scene for her), some of the cast from "ICarly", dancers from "Hellcats" and the "Glee" singers. Add any interchangable black rapper/"actor" as jive taking gang banging comic relief to appease the Hughes Bros demographic...and a couple of token martial arts equipped asians as waiters in a chinese restaurant shootout/dance scene so they can defend that the movie ISN'T racist/anti-asian....Teen dream all singing all dancing musical version (hire Kenny Ortega to choreograph the dancing gunfights and singing motorcycle chases) of "Akira" by way of "Tokyo Drift" and the production design of "Blade Runner, but will retitle it "Clyde" so it won't spook the "I only see movies with white people" TeaBagger states (aka the "midwest" aka the Inbred Hillbilly White Trash Racists zone between the coasts). The AnimeFanboys will cry hard(boohoo!), the Hollywood NonWhite Actor's Guild (all 115 of them) will rail against all the "whilewash casting" (Wahhhhh!) but the MILLIONS of teenybopper Justin Bieber fans (in a surprise "twist ending" M Night worthy casting move, Bieber can BE Akira/Clyde!) will wet themselves and throw their training bras at the screen in pre-adolecent orgasmic delirium. 14 year old girls will see it 20 times ala "Titanic". Shoot it on cheap 2d "grainydefshakycam"video ala "Cloverfield"/"Paranormal Acivity", slap on a cheap ass, retina bleeding "Clash of the Airbender" 3D conversion - Boom! - an Avatar crushing $800 million gross domestic...there are more comic books that didn't make it into the original anime movie? TRILOGY!!!!!

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST

    If they do keep the name Akira...

    by schatze

    I wonder if they'll actually pronounce it correctly.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman every fucking time, enough already!

    by DioxholsterOperationsOutpost

    if you want an awesome black actor there are many out there!

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    This is even worse than flames on Optimus.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Seriously.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST

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  • Nov. 8, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    That's a terrible choice

    by photoboy

    I love Freeman, he's an awesome actor, but he's too old for Shikishima and doesn't look anything like him. Hollywood really does know how to utterly fuck the source material to anything remotely good they buy in.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 4:43 a.m. CST

    All Asian cast or doomed to failure

    by Monkey_King

    Worse than Marvel casting Sam Jackson as Nick Fury, when he should've been an elderly Caucasian bad-ass.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 4:46 a.m. CST

    DiCaprio as the Colonel character please.

    by hiperaktiv

    Give him a moustache...would be perfect for the part.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 5:25 a.m. CST

    RACISM ruins films like Akira.

    by Grooveraider

    If its not racism. Then where are the Asian acting leads in this film ?

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Morgan is way too old for this...

    by workshed

    ...I like the bloke but these films need pace, and you can't have that with a guy in a zimmer frame.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    THEY BETTER SURE AS HELL CAST GEORGE TAKEI !!

    by JonChambers

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 5:51 a.m. CST

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  • Nov. 8, 2010, 5:53 a.m. CST

    THEY BETTER CAST JAMES HONG from Big Trouble-Little China !

    by JonChambers

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman

    by Baryonyx

    He'd better play a better military dude in this film than he did in the awful Dreamcatcher.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    TETSUO!!!!!!

    by menacingphantom

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    KANEDA!!!!!!!

    by menacingphantom

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    TETSUO!!!!

    by menacingphantom

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    KANEDA!!!!!

    by menacingphantom

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Akira sucks.

    by menacingphantom

    Will the live action version also have a 30 minute section of Tetsuo and Kaneda yelling each others' names while indecipherable crap explodes - or something - for no apparent reason?

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

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  • Nov. 8, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    It makes some sense as...

    by Anna Valerious

    Black people in anime are usually seen in military roles, as that is when some came during US occupation in the '40s.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Didn't they learn anything from Dragonball Evolution?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

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  • Nov. 8, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    MARK STRONG NEEDS TO BE THE HEAD OF THE MILITARY!!!

    by Meadowe

    just cast him in any movie from now until eternity, I loved his Frank D'Amico (spl?) from Kick-Ass so much, everytime he cursed it was a freaqin work of art.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Hughes Bros + Morgan Freeman

    by lcworld

    new movie is not called Akira , it's called 'Tyrone'.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Michael Ironside

    by entrainer

    or Jesse the Body. Do it,

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    FUCK YOU RedBull_Werewolf

    by samuraiyao

    You Faggot, hahahh!!!

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Fuck the whole family tree of RedBull_Werewolf

    by samuraiyao

    I hope your house burns down while you're in it giving your grandpa a blowjob...

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    The Fuck You RedBull_Werewolf Appreciation thread

    by samuraiyao

    Seriously fuck this piece of shit!!!

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Why do we want this movie?

    by Snake Foreskin

    It was a stupid anime movie. Japanese Anime is nonsensical and embarrassing.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Sort it out

    by Mr.Vengeance

    Get used to the fact that it wont be set in japan and get used to the fact that it wont have a complete asian cast if at all. Even though there are plenty of great japenese actors some of which speak brilliant english there is still not that many to fill out the cast and if it was subtitled it wont make that much money at the western box office and the budget for this will be huge to make this film right and will need to make money. There are going to be a few changes to the story to compensate for this and you hater bitches are going to have to deal with it. For the record i love Akira and i have watched this film a million times and i really dont mind any changes that are made to make it appeal to a wider audience you have to remember that not everyone is a geek like a lot of us on this site and would not have watched the anime or read the manga.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Matt Millen as the colonel.

    by durhay

    tsetsuo? that pea-brain!

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    None of this is making any sense at all...

    by Johnno

    Morgan Freeman in no way whatsoever fits the character of the general... At best he's one of the other politicians... But if this is the way casting is going, then it just goes to show that no one behind this film really gives a damn, and Zack Efron is in no way going to portray Kaneda, he's just going to be Zac Efron on a motorcycle, and the motorcycle will be a Harley Davidson and will talk... that HH cartoon is becoming truer day by day...

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    You can still use white people and keep it in Japan!

    by Johnno

    It can still be set in Japan. And you can still have white people in central roles. Just make it such that following the Akira incident and the world war, Japan again came under American occupation/control. You can have all those fancy WWII allusions there as well. Then the colonel can be American (It will make sense), you can have a mixed cast of Japanese and Americans (makes sense) and it's still all set in Neo-Tokyo. American soldiers and contractors and their famalies are there and along the way, 2 white kids born and orphaned in Japan gets the names of Kaneda and Tetsuo. Their foreign-ness makes them outcasts and hence they become delinquints and make friends with other white, black and Asian peeps and form their biker gang. So we get the Neo Tokyo setting, we get a good cast that has the principal characters be American, and even American audiences love exotic locales like Japan etc. It worked for Empire of the Sun and Crouching Tiger and plenty of other movies! Everybody wins! All thats left is to pick proper actors for the roles. Why is this so friggin hard? Why even bother setting in in NY instead of Tokyo? Nobody's asking you to actually go fim in Tokyo! At most you just need lots of Asian extras, and it couldn't be that hard could it? They use CG and compositing tricks for practically all crowd simulations anyway...

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Raddest Movies EVER!

    by HugePrawn

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  • Nov. 8, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Neo-Manhattan could work.

    by UGG

    Make Akira the reason Manhattan blows up in the intro. For some reason japanese kid's were being tested there, by Japan and America.<p> Akira devours the city somehow igniting WW3(terrorists?). Japan then fund's the rebuilding of Manhattan around the new resting site for Akira, turning Manhattan into Neo-Manhattan and with that a mix of Japanese and American overcrowded population at each others throat's all rioting. Turn the Clown gang into african americans then if you want, keep all or at least mostly all of Kaneda's gang asian. Throw in a couple more caucasians and your good, fuck make Kay a young american girl and throw in some Romeo and Juliet shite, if you must, just try make the main cast asian. And hire a director with some ball's talent and style. I'd trust Neill Blomkamp more than half a Hughes'.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Besides the fact he isn't Japanese,

    by Chief Joseph

    Freeman is all wrong for this. And he's too damn old for the role, too. What's wrong with the usual guys Hollywood hires for military brass roles? Someone mentioned Ironside. Kurtwood Smith also plays that type well. If they need that black demographic, hire The Rock.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    It's odd they are considering this

    by catlettuce4

    Akira had a big impact when it first hit America, but nowadays I don't know what about it would stand out enough to warrant an American live action version. The momentum and popularity isn't going to be there like it might have been 10 years ago or more. And on top of that it all just sounds wrong. Are they doing this because they remember Akira being really popular in the USA once and think it still will be now? Will they redesign everything Hollywood style or try to bring the anime designs into live action? Why don't they just be "inspired by" Akira and not try remaking it exactly? That might make for a much better received movie, as the route they are taking will piss off the fans they need to rely on, and just confuse those who don't know Akira.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I QUIT

    by xyvortex

    Zac Efron and Morgan Freeman? did these guys actually watch the anime or read the Manga?

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST

    So Basically, They're Determined To Ruin A Classic Film

    by LaserPants

    I fucking hate Hollywood. Luckily, it most likely will never actually get made.

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