Animation and Anime

Akira/Old Boy Rumors Denied... Battle Royale is Coming... a Live Action Noir... Maybe

Published at: Nov. 11, 2010, 10 p.m. CST by scottgreen

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Perez Hilton has thrown cold water on the talk that Zac Efron will play a principle in the Hughes Brothers live action Akira adaptation. A rep for the Hughes Brothers has also denied the rumors.
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Anime News Network is also reported that Mandate Picture has informed them that talk of a new script for the live action adaptation of the Old Boy manga is "all Internet rumor mill."
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Conversely, Hollywood Reporter is saying that Starz has picked up a Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert (Spartacus) adaptation of girls with guns anime Noir for development. Stephen Lightfoot (Criminal Justice and House of Saddam) is the writer and executive producer. The 2001 Bee Train anime series follows a pair of young assassins; one of which can't forgot her traumatic past, the other which can't remember hers. It was released in North America by the defunct ADV Films, and recently bee, what fans call, "rescue licensed" by FUNimation for release in 2011. Two latter Bee Train anime, Madlax and El Cazador de la Bruja, are considered part of a thematic trilogy with Noir.
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Kenta Fukasaku's 3D conversion of his late father, Kinji Fukasaku's, adaptation of the novel Battle Royale will be released in North America by Anchor Bay. Battle Royale II: Requiem will also be released in 2D. The 3D version of "Battle Royale" opens in Japan on November 20. The original Battle Royale novel, infamous for its scenario in which high school students are given random weapons and locked into a death match, is available in North America from Viz Media. A manga adaptation was released by Tokyopop.

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  • Nov. 11, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Hmmm...Thank god????

    by Quackfu

    Did anyone really want Efron in this?

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    HUNGER GAMES

    by Henry Fool

    Am I the only one that thinks the popular young adult novel, "The Hunger Games" kind of rips off its story from "Battle Royale"? I haven't read either book yet but when I was first recommended "The Hunger Games" as a novel I should check out, I found the description reminded me of BR...

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Yay! There's hope for Akira yet...

    by Johnno

    As for Noir... It could work, though I didn't find the anime to be anything special... a couple of cool scenes, but ultimately m'eh... Good music though...

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Thank god indeed

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Hunger Games was very good

    by John_Lithgows_Crusty_Balls

    Yes, there are huge similarities between Hunger Games and Battle Royale, but then aren't there also similarities to Lord of the Flies in both of them? ANd I must say that while the basic idea for Hunger Games is extremely similar to Battle Royale, the novel kind of takes things in a different direction. (Just finished it this past weekend, lol. Haven't read the sequels yet.)

  • Nov. 12, 2010, midnight CST

    Battle Royale ruled...

    by Toruk_Makto

    Ruled I tell yah!

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Thank Tetsuo!

    by UGG

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Saw the promo reel at AFM

    by Jarek

    Could be fun. They added a ton of CG enhanced 3D to it. I still think the original version will be better though - more "pure".

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Battle Royale ruled...

    by Zardoz

    ...until the bullshit ending, which absolutely sucked! I hope the make an American version of it and leave out the existential/philosophical/metaphysical bullshit that was in the original film. The original film is worth a look, though...

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Battle Royale ruled...

    by Zardoz

    ...until the bullshit ending, which absolutely sucked! I hope the make an American version of it and leave out the existential/philosophical/metaphysical bullshit that was in the original film. The original film is worth a look, though...

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Noir

    by adml_shake

    is one of my all time favorite animes, I'm a little worried about someone trying to turn it live action and screwing it all up.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Leave Akira Alone

    by Walter_Burns

    Certainly doesn't need some live action remalkke to "validate" it.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    THANK FUCKING GOD = NO LIVE ACTION AKIRA

    by LaserPants

    Unless it's set in Japan, features Japanese actors, and doesn't shit all over the original anime and manga, LEAVE AKIRA THE FUCK ALONE.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST

    While I'm against remakes...

    by Ahastings

    ...an American Battle Royale might give us the opportunity to watch Hillary Duff and Miley Cyrus do the ole Mexican Stand Off over the poisoned soup before blasting away in an orgy of bullets- and isn't that why we go to the movies?

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Akira

    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    was better in manga form. To me it never really worked even as an Anime either. I wish Steven Speilberg could adapt Domo, now that would be an awsome fucking movie.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Sorry

    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    Thats Domu!!!!my bad.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Yes, Battle Royale ruled. BR2, not so much.

    by Stalkeye

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Honestly, Perez Hilton??

    by badfishnbc

    He's now breaking more movie news than AICN is? Maybe Harry & Co. can start drawing lewd doodles on Struzan posters to get back some of their heat...

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Hey Raimi, wheres my Wee Free Men adaptation?

    by Geomancer21

    Grrrr<BR><BR>Noir is an odd choice for him though.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    A knife in the head for talking in class?

    by Screwbini

    I had a teacher like that!

  • Nov. 13, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Acting in BR2 is awful.

    by daglesj

    Full of that classic Japanese acting style of young men looking like they all have a weeks worth of constipation to shift. Teeth clenched and lips flared. Hilarious.