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AKIRA Has Found Its Director!

Nordling here.

When I spoke with Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby about AKIRA a few weeks back, their optimism for the project won me over.  I'm still fairly skeptical about the idea of a remake of this particular property, but at least it seemed to me that it was coming from a place of love and respect for the original film.  Now, according to Variety, it looks like a director has been found for AKIRA, which has been in limbo for several months.  That director is Jaume Collet-Serra (ORPHAN, UNKNOWN), who isn't the first director to come to mind when it comes to this film, but Warners seems to have confidence in him.  They have reassessed the film's budget for $90 million dollars.

Warners is probably concerned that the budget with this film could easily run away from them, and Collet-Serra has a reputation for being prompt and frugal, and his films have been box office successes.  AKIRA is epic in scope, and I'd imagine budget concerns are priority in a project like this, which is why on the books Collet-Serra makes sense.  ORPHAN is a pretty insane film, and a lot of fun, and I hope that Collet-Serra brings some of that confidence to AKIRA.

Nordling, out. 

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  • July 14, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST


    by TheManWhoCan

    AKA Total Recall minus Mars & the 3 tit prostitute!

  • July 14, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Akira for $90 mil

    by Phategod2

    Can you say Dragonball like disaster.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by dopepope

    If this guy doesn't become the next household name director because of this film, he'll be the reason it sucks. Orphan was good, Unknown was ok... but this film is on a tremendous scope. Dunno about this.

  • But this is for white trash NRA member jingoist conservative 90 IQ America. So who gives a fuck?

  • July 14, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Director of Unknown

    by Lloytron

    Wow, that was a massive piece of shit. Yeah give it to that guy.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Whitewashing Cast?

    by JZM

  • July 14, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    @ yourxgirlfriend

    by dopepope

    yup .jpg

  • July 14, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Akira was a Japanese Manga/Anime..

    by Devilman666

    So it should be Made in Japan.. By Japanese, with Japanese.. Americans have more than enough comic books to make into films.. Akira should never been made LIVE no matter how much money they invest..

  • July 14, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    And They Thought Watchmen Was Impossible To Adapt For The Screen...

    by unblinkingeye

    Good luck on Akira (another book better suited for TV miniseries, if anything at all, if it is going to be put on a screen.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Also directed the Paris Hilton vehicle, the House of Wax remake

    by Andy Pandy

  • July 14, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Or Is This "The Last Airbender" of 2012-2013

    by unblinkingeye

    Another tragic translation to the screen.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    District 9 and Moon were done on far tighter budgets...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    So I think VISUALLY Akira could be done quite well with 90 million... Not that I *want* it to be done at all, mind you...

  • July 14, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST happen

    by 2soon2eat

    thats what I think

  • Really Hollywood, really? What's next? Actually no, I dread to think what else they can whitewash, make into a forgetful generic mess, and still lose money on because no one wants to see such a cockless mess.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    They gonna rename it ALEX, ALAN or ADAM?

    by the Green Gargantua


  • July 14, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    also didn't Todd McSpawnlane try and make this 10 years ago?

    by Brannagins Law

    I thought this movie has already hit a few other dead ends already?

  • July 14, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Please, please, please..... Don't Make THis!

    by WillKeane

    Please, please, please don't make this! Akira is an amazing anime and in order to be made correctly in the US, you would need a $250m budget and a visionary director that wouldn't have to put up with studio bullshit. Anyone have any thoughts of who?

  • July 14, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    remake, sequel, prequel, reboot, repeat

    by sadclown


  • July 14, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST


    by spectacles

    I hate to be that bitter talkbacker... but there is absolutely no way this hollywood-Akira film is going to be anything but horrible. This news would be like hearing back in '99 that Mc G is going to direct LOTR. Akira (the manga) is a mind-bending story with pill-popping psychokenetic punk teenagers building their own "republic" in the rubble of a thrice-destroyed neo-tokyo... Yeah I'm sure hollywood will do that right... I'd be far more interested to see someone like Lynne Ramsay or Alfonso Cuarón tackle this - at least there'd be meat on the bones and a 'vision'. But then, such directors would immediately see the ridiculous hurdles - and massive budget - required to make it happen.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Someone explain to me why they won't let this die

    by Chief Joseph

    Nobody wants to make it and nobody wants to watch it. It will cost a ton of money, critics will hate it, and it will almost certainly bomb. The short-lived Akira craze died out almost 20 years ago. Geeks have moved on. It's about as timely as those Dragonball and Aeon Flux flops. If you're going to rape a hot anime IP, do something like Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, or Death Note. Why the hard-on to get this made? You let The Day the Clown Cried go, Hollywood. Let this one go, too.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    be afraid, be very afraid

    by Operative

    Adam Sandler's Zohan had a budget of 90 million, hell. The manga is like 38 issues long, how in the hell will they squeeze half of that into a two hour film ? I say give it LOTR level budget, get James Cameron as executive producer with Peter Jackson directing, minimum 2 films. Akira and The Rise of Akira. The Wachowski's are a possibility as well, script would have to be damn tight other wise it would turn into that over the top Matrix Revolutions shit I agree the cast should be Japanese, locations as well. NYC might work as a location but given its 9/11 history it would never be used.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by Operative

    90 million will get you two Akira created explosive anomalies , thats about it. Soon as that little kid puts his hands together twice, creates the devastating explosions, your budget is shot, LOL I can't even imagine how they would handle Testuo's mutating.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    It needs to be Neo Tokyo and here's why.

    by vadakinX

    Akira was, in part, an allegory of the fears of nuclear weapons in Japan due to their experiences with such weapons (Gojira was in a similar mould). This film is trying to transfer that into post 9/11 fears but it just doesn't work. There is simply no comparison. 9/11 was a tragedy, yes. But the scale of that attack was nothing compared to the instant loss of life and permanent scars in the Japanese psyche left by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. Japan is the only country in the world to have experienced the horror of nuclear weapons and thematically that's why Akira has to be set in Japan and in Neo Tokyo. Everything about Akira is deliberate. The teenage biker gangs, the Olympic stadium, the secret psychic project, Tetsuo gathering followers and essentially becoming a god (explored more in the manga than the anime) the insurgency, Kaneda's mission to help his friend, even if it means killing him...everything is deliberate. Everything is Japanese, much of it uniquely so. Moving the story to New York robs it of much of its grace, of its impact. Simply saying that New Manhattan is owned by the Japanese is so fucking stupid and not in the spirit of the story. The whole point is that Japan is barely functioning. It's trying to recover from a devastating world war with the Japanese youth rebelling against the status quo even as the Japanese government attempt to project a sense of unity and progress with the Olympics. There are individual themes that you could transfer to an American tale, but taken as a whole, Akira is uniquely Japanese and should be set in Japan. Don't get me wrong, if the studio wants to cast Japanese-American actors so they can tell the story in English, that's fine, as long as the story itself is a Japanese one.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I can't argue with that

    by Operative

    well done ! Though what I meant was because of 9/11 NYC might never be used, but Neo Tokyo is preferable to me. I'd prefer it to be shot in Japanese as well and subtitled, but we know that will never happen.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    God, this is going to be awful

    by Sardonic

    And I'm normally very optimistic (despite my nickname) about movies, even remakes, but this just has terrible written all over it. The only way this movie would work is with a serious-ass director, not the cunt that did fucking Orphan. Sardonic am disappoint.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    One of the designers just said this project was dead

    by rev_skarekroe

  • July 14, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    what would happen is this

    by Operative

    Hollywood being Hollywood it would turn into a Fast and Furious on motorcycles film, first half of the film would be mindless motorcycle chases the later half would be how the motorcycle gang inadvertently uncovers a plot to steal a nuclear warhead from a military convoy traveling through the desert, lol Given the current situation in Japan, the film Akira would take on new meanings for sure. The tone would even be more somber and perhaps serve as a warning against the use of nuclear power.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Sad to think $90 million is small.

    by Geomancer21

    Jurassic park and the lost world were around that much. blade runner much less. District 9 like 30 mill or something.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Regarding Dragonball

    by vadakinX

    Dragonball wasn't a flop because because it was based on a manga, it was a flop because Fox had a terrible script lying around and needed something to shoot during the writers strike so they gave it a budget of under $50 Million (it actually made its money back strangely enough, though not enough to turn a profit) and just got it out there to say they did. There may also have been an issue with the rights reverting back to Toei Animation and the Shonen Jump guys if they didn't make a film. I maintain that in the right hands, Dragonball could make a kick ass movie, same with Akira. Unfortunately these kinds of projects are rarely in the right hands.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    The Manga Was A True Sci-Fi Epic

    by Henry Fool

    I still have Epic comics 30+ issue collection of the original manga. Of course, it's in a flopped format and has been colorized but, damn, they did a beautiful job. Jo Duffy also did a great job with translating the script. It's the only manga in history where the west got a superior version of the original Japanese.<br /> <br /> I can't get excited about this project but, at the same time, I have to see it. When I was in junior high and high school, a new issue of Akira was like a new Star Wars movie. That's how highly I regarded the story.<br /> <br /> I haven't seen Unknown but I really liked Orphan. It was a well acted, dark thriller that had a great twist at the end. That "kid" was creepy as hell.<br /> <br /> Franky, I would really like to see the manga adapted into an anime series. Akira is one of the few mangas to come to these shores that actually has Japanese characters who look Japanese. And I love how the hero, Kaneda, is kind of a prick. Tetsuo's descent into evil is still compelling today.<br /> <br /> Katsuhiro Otomo lost his edge as an artist after Akira. Some of his animated shorts are pretty awesome but 'Steamboy' sucked.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    $90 million? For one film out of three maybe...

    by Johnno

    Assuming they're gonna adapt the entire manga as a trilogy... but there's no way in effin hell they'll be able to pull off all the crazy shit that happens past the halfway point at $90 million! Also I agree it must be set in Japan. Set it in Japan and have an American military presence on the country! So you have a mixed cast of Japanese and Americans! The major can be an American character. The politicians a mix of Japanese and internationals. Following WWIII, America placed Japan under control and now they are trying to get the country stabilized enough to give it back it's sovereignty and get the government going again, but there are insurgencies over all sorts of issues. Hell draw some parallels to Iraq/Afghanistan if you want along with how it was following WWII. Kaneda and Tetsuo must be Japanese however. Cast some Asians who can speak English. They don't have to actually be Japanese actors. If they absolutely need to have a white guy in the main role, then work it such that Kaneda is an American orphan named and raised by he Japanese after his parents died during the war or something... maybe Tetsuo too... Their ethnicity can explain why they'd be bullied by others and stuck together over the years and turned into little rebels. But they'd also have some Japanese friends too which make up the gang. Akira would obviously remain Japanese. Languages spoken will be a mix of English and Japanese/subtitles. The point is the setting needs to be Neo-Tokyo. NOT Manhattan. But that doesn't mean you can't find a solution to inserting white people into its key roles and still keep the setting and themes Japanese. It could still work...

  • July 14, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    They are going to .....

    by the1980mutant

    ...fuck this thing all in the mouth. Its going to SUCK on levels we've never dreamed. There is just no way they are going to believably recapture the spirit of the film nor the phantasmagorical imagery that was involved. For someone that has seen the original like me, it's going to be like realizing someone shit in your favorite coat.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Don't fucking touch this...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    US anime/manga adaptations have been, and will all be, absolutely terrible. Dragonball, Speed Racer, Aeon Flux, etc. All embarrassing tosh. Spielberg/ Dreamworks have the rights to Ghost in the Shell and I wouldn't even trust someone of his caliber to do that one justice. These clueless studio execs/ producers just buy these properties without any respect for the source material or the cultural context from whence they came. The only manga adaptation that will be any good will be Cameron's Battle Angel and that's because he's actually a hard core anime fan and understands the material, and because his 'tech noir' aesthetic is a perfect match for it. But anyone else - no.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    The Akira anime was awful

    by glue

    A complete mess of a movie.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Im not sure how this is a remake

    by sunwukong86

    theyre not remaking the anime

  • July 14, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    File this in the "20-years too late" folder.

    by Jerry Piper

    Seriously, this thing is of no interest to me anymore.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    All I want is one out of that ninety million and I'd be happy.

    by stu_pickles

  • July 14, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    with 90 million USD you can make a good looking movie

    by aphextwin

    But NOT Akira. And the anime only scratches the surface of the original manga. The scope is E.P.I.C. 90 Million won't's simple as that

  • July 14, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    that said, i know DiCaprio produced that movie, and I heard he was one of the people they wanted for akira, so maybe he is involved with this somehow also?

  • July 14, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Collet-Serra has a reputation for being prompt and frugal

    by PotSmokinAlien

    Finally, the prompt and frugal director a project like the live-action remake of AKIRA needs to succeed.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    The thing is, Akira wasn't that good

    by JackSlater4

  • July 14, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Budget-wise, let's not forget one thing

    by moviemaniac-7

    The LOTR movies also cost 90 million $ each, although those benefited from the fact that they were made together. It is not impossible to make a huge epic movie like Akira for this amount of money. Keep the effects mostly in camera, hire cheap actors and shoot in a country that isn't too expensive. A good producer should be able to take every last dollar of this budget and make it worth it. Besides, I personally think that the less money a director has the more creative he has to become. There is no reason why movies should cost more than 100 million $, which is mostly blown on ego's salaries and too many vfx. That said, do we need a live action Akira? No. But in the right hands this could be awesome. It all depends, as always, on the script.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    A budget-wise AKIRA? HAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!

    by justmyluck

    What a load.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    hate the original

    by Charger

    so not much interest in a live action version...

  • that a lot of Americans happened to see, so it made a big impression.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Why won't this movie just die?

    by Nuts

    I love this property and I hope American studios NEVER get this movie off the ground. The last thing I want to see is Akira become the next Dragonball Evolution. ugh

  • July 14, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Is Anime the new Comic books.

    by Phategod2

    After the comic book craze everyone thought that video game movies were going to be the next craze. Now it appears that hollywierd is on a Anime kick, I wonder how long before they start getting that right.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by Circean6

    Comic Alliance said yesterday it was dead....hmmm

  • July 15, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST


    by Johnno

    It was a truly brilliant adaptation that was far better than it's source material and showed me thigns I'd never seen before! Too bad critics are simply too stupid most of the time! Now Dragonball on the other hand was a total disaster... but honestly, what about that movie had anything to do with Dragonball anyway??? A true Dragonball adaptation would involve kid Goku and take place in a lush green fantasy dinosaur-land landscape with humans and animal-people and be like crouching Tiger/hidden dragon with comedy. Fantasy martial arts and light-hearted child-like wonderous adventure! Then I guess they could adapt Dragonball Z in the manner of 300 except with more colour... All it needs to succeed is muscular men beating the living shit out of each other, breaking mountains, moving at the speed of light and shooting laser beams at each other while yelling really loud! Zack Snyder would be perfect for that film!

  • July 15, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    i agree with nuts.

    by oogles

    im not into idea of making this at all. im at least glad they didnt give it to the wachowski bros." I know he's doing another film, but I would love to see his take on it. Even though I had a lot of issues with tron. But like nuts said, they should let it die.

  • July 15, 2011, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Sort of agree on Speed Racer

    by Chief Joseph

    That movie was the best of all Hollywood's anime adaptations. Not that that's saying much. AFAIK, it still flopped. Guys, let's not forget Blood: The Last Vampire, Fist of the North Star, The Guyver, and G-Saviour. All stinkers, all flops. And yet these geniuses think their movie will be different.

  • July 15, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    This is truly a shitty week for good movie news

    by lv_426

    Not for a lack of news, but for the actual news itself: Uninspired and unnecessary THE THING premake trailer. The release of a competent but devoid of wonder teaser trailer for JOHN CARTER (of Mars... but now it sounds like any old boring drama movie with that generic title). More news on another Americanized GODZILLA rehash (while Del Toro's epic sounding, original script derived, kaiju plus giant mecha film PACIFIC RIM probably dies a slow death in development hell). Oldboy Americanized remake news. TOTAL RECALL remake news (mainly just pics of plastic HaloStorm Troopers and Blade Runner spinner-rips). Scorsese's family adventure fantasy that had the inspired title of THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET being reduced to the lame-ass sounding HUGO, and with a nice looking trailer ruined by another bad music choice by those Hollywood trailer guys (seriously, did they consult the same people that decided it would be a good idea to reduce John Carter of Mars down to just John Carter?). THE EVIL DEAD remake instead of a proper EVIL DEAD 4. No Raimi direction on this one, and also going to be script doctored by Diablo Cody. And finally, to add insult to injury, the "we-thought-it-was-dead-for-the-umpteenth-time" AKIRA remake is now not actually dead anymore. About the only good things this week have been that DKR teaser poster and all THE HOBBIT dwarves getting their senior yearbook photos. Oh, and don't forget that bloody-naked Nurse poster. I suppose for fans of both or of either CSI and Ted Danson there was some good news on those fronts as well. That's about it. What an utterly fucking depressing beyond comprehension this week has been. At least with that article about Sir Ridley Scott braving the volcanoes of Iceland, we know that Prometheus is still on track. That one didn't die by the mighty stroke of a studio executive's fiscally prudent pen. Although, if the Rupert Murdoch media empire collapses in on itself in the next few weeks or months, I suppose Prometheus might get killed too. With the way things are going these days in movieland, I wouldn't be surprised.

  • July 15, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    You know who should star in Akira?

    by eveelcapitalist

    Will Smith as Kaneda and Martin Lawrence as Tetsuo. This is perfect casting cause then all the idiots who bitch and moan about so-called Hollywood "white-washing" will finally shut the fuck up.

  • July 15, 2011, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by lv_426

    Maybe Michael Bay can direct it so that it becomes sort of a spiritual successor to the Bad Boys films. Mikey Bay's gotta eat you know. He needs another project now that Transformers 3: Dark Shit of the Moon is over and done with now.

  • July 15, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST


    by eveelcapitalist

    Hey, Bay destroyed Chicago pretty convincingly in Trans3. I'd go so far as to say your idea is fucking purest brilliance. Be my soul mate.

  • July 15, 2011, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Michael Bay's AKIRA

    by lv_426

  • July 15, 2011, 1:44 a.m. CST


    by lv_426

    Shia LaBeouf Will Smith Martin Lawrence John Turturro Bruce Willis Ben Affleck Liv Tyler Steven Tyler Andy Serkis (as Tetsuo after he mutates) Keith Richards and Johnny Depp (as time traveling pirates that appear in the future) A CGI version of Charleton Heston (kinda like the way they did the young Jeff Bridges in Tron Legacy) Sam Jackson (as Nick Fury) Optimus Prime (as himself)

  • July 15, 2011, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Fund it!

    by eveelcapitalist

    I smell Oscar!

  • July 15, 2011, 1:56 a.m. CST


    by ChickenStu

    That is all.

  • July 15, 2011, 2 a.m. CST

    Another Disappointing Choice.

    by The Outlander

    His films get 7/10 and lower on IMDB. I want Akira to be a 9/10 not a 7/10. At least the ORPHAN showed that he can work with younger actors. I hope this is the point of hire him. Also it will be easy for them to keep the budget below 90 million, if they cut out all the sci-fi elements.

  • July 15, 2011, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Seriously, no...

    by Kate Ward

    And $90 mill? Even Aardman couldn't knock out a remake of Akira for that. Although that *would* be a cool concept.

  • July 15, 2011, 2:28 a.m. CST

    I thought this just got shut down?

    by eggers

    Wasn't that the news yesterday?

  • July 15, 2011, 2:48 a.m. CST

    And here is a taste of how this movie will be:

    by KilliK so fucking true

  • July 15, 2011, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Guys they chose him not because he is a good director

    by KilliK

    but because he is a lapdog,a yes-man. He is not a big name,so they can control him easily.They gave him the 90m to make this movie and they know that it is not going to exceed the budget because they wont let him.

  • July 15, 2011, 2:52 a.m. CST

    and ofc he is going to make (aka whitewash/americanize)

    by KilliK

    the movie the way the studio wants it and not his.

  • July 15, 2011, 2:53 a.m. CST

    They should make a live action

    by ElPaw

    Panty and Stocking

  • July 15, 2011, 2:54 a.m. CST

    They're blind.

    by catlettuce4

    They will lose money on this. They have no audience.

  • July 15, 2011, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Look at what they pulled off with District 9...

    by bubcus

    ... small budget but great film and great special effects. It can be done.

  • Otomo should step up like Miyazaki did with Disney. Otherwise, the best version of AKIRA will always be the manga and anime film.

  • July 15, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST

    I love Unknown

    by zapano

    He has a good eye so he'll probably get the most out of the 90 million

  • July 15, 2011, 5:21 a.m. CST

    look what they pulled off in District 9

    by Phategod2

    Great Director, small city, no stars. Good luck doing that with Akira.

  • July 15, 2011, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Fuck This

    by Ellington Gunn

  • i guess this is fine by me

  • July 15, 2011, 6:06 a.m. CST

    90 million is pathetic, get fucked

    by hiperaktiv

    90 million for an Akira movie? You're having a fucking laugh aint ya? Movie like this easily needs a $150 M budget.

  • July 15, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST

    It's a Hollywood movie people not a Japanese movie!

    by chien_sale

    Stop whining little lefty cunts!

  • July 15, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST


    by NeonFrisbee

    I guess they want to lose money because a) none of the rabid fanbase will see this travesty and b) mainstream audiences don't care. SO STUPID! Make it Japanese, set in Japan, with a predominantly Japanese cast or don't make it at all. Scrap that. Don't make it at all PERIOD. The only two directors who could have possibly pulled a live-action Akira off -- Akira Kurosawa and/or Stanley Kubrick -- are dead. Let it go... Please?

  • July 15, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Stop mentioning District 9!

    by aphextwin

    One CGI spaceship, and a bunch of CGI aliens; that has only one base rendering template, doesn't equal a metropolistic futuristic city, huge set designs and total destruction. stop it...please... Geez.

  • July 15, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Does any normal movie goer even KNOW about Akira?

    by knowthyself

    Didn't they learn from Speed Racer and Astro Boy? American audiences don't give a shit about remakes of japanese cartoons they've never seen or barely remember.

  • July 15, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    I would actually go see Michael Bay's Akira.

    by Randy

    That would be one of the most beautiful and shitty films ever made, watching Bay get everything wrong would be amazing. It just sounds mind blowing, like he would take it to that next level of terrible that would make it a great experience.

  • July 15, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Greatest Movie, Book and Soundtrack of all time.

    by UGG

    and designer on i09 or whatever said he was asked to REDESIGN the bike for the movie. pfft fuck this.

  • July 15, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    The Real Reason They're Remaking AKIRA

    by adolfwolfli

    Hollywood, as we know, has run out of ideas. "Sequelitis" and "Remakitis" have totally infected the entire industry. It is easier to get a movie made if it somehow, even slightly, relates to something that has already been done, seen, etc. They don't care about whatever fan base exists for the Akira manga and anime. Even if 1% of 1% of the original "Akira" makes its way into this travesty, it's still an easier sell than something entirely original. It's a marketing ploy, crassly and cynically created by the accountants and bankers and ad people that now run Hollywood. They're not selling this to fanboys of the original material, they'll be selling CGI explosions to the Bayformers crowd – dumb Americans with no imagination, critical thinking, or curiosity when it comes to what they walk into the theater to see. This will play alongside "Pirates of Caribbean 6", "Transformers 5", "X-Men 7", "Spiderman 5", etc. It is easier to hire a hack writer to adapt existing material into CGI explosion-ready, McDonalds product tie-in-ready entertainment than it is to take a chance on something original. This is getting made because they're slowly excavating the bones of every single piece of pop culture from the last 50 years and giving it a glossy spit shine to sell to dead-eyed teenagers who most likely will look at their cell phones the entire time anyway, but they bought a ticket because they sort of maybe kind of heard about "Akira" at some point and it felt better to buy the ticket to that, and, hey, lots of things blew up in the trailer (which, incidentally, told the entire story anyway). Dare to tell me I'm wrong.

  • July 15, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Sadly, I Think You're *Mostly* Right, Adolfwolfi

    by NeonFrisbee

    The only thing I would disagree on is the idea that mainstream audiences will see it; queueing up for the latest Bayformers-y explosion of ADD addled incoherent garbage. Mainstream audiences don't even know what Akira is. Something like Transformers has been an ongoing brand for, like, what, 25 years or so? It's something they can't not remember because it never really went away. Remember, NOBODY went to go see Speed Racer or Astro Boy because mainstream audiences barely remembered what it was. The holy-shit-wow-cartoon-explosion visuals that were the big sell to the mainstream crowd didn't move them to see it. They stayed home. Mainstream audiences will not see Akira. Even if the trailer looks *exactly* like Bayformers, they won't see it. They'll see whatever other craptacular crapfest with a recognizable star and bad music is playing. They won't care, because it means nothing to them. The only people who would want to see it is the fanbase... and there's no way they're gonna see it, so... who are they selling this to? Who do they think is going to see it? It's like they *want* to lose money.

  • July 15, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    For fucks sake this country is frustrating. Now this?

    by OnO

    Here's a better idea donate the 90 mil to a charity that actually helps with something important and do something useful with it you stupid fucks, since your stubbornly and mindlessly pissing it down a toilet anyways.

  • July 15, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Love of the original "movie"... Big bummer.

    by clarntoon

    If they are simply trying to remake the movie, they will fail. The movie was a summation of a much larger story. If there is no love for the original comics then we will simply be getting a revised summery.... fail.

  • July 15, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Its called Racebending now, not whitewashing

    by spacechampion

    You know... to "honor" the Last Airbender casting.

  • July 15, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    The Japanese anime is already completely whitewashed.

    by Ironhelix

    They draw their characters as white people anyway, so I don't understand how casting white people in an Akira film is breaking any rules. Show me a picture of a character from ANY anime that looks Japanese... you can't because they are all white people.

  • Especially laughable given that Americans do show up later in the Akira manga and their designs are different. In any case... you'd be wrong about your impressions of the rest of anime too. When a foreigner shows up, thy're usually illustrated differently... If it's the white skin that's throwing you off, the last time I checked, Japanese all around have very fair skin... The typical big eyes in anime are just there because they are cartoon characters. White people don't have eyes that big. And neither do they have those crazy colourful hairstyles... or are you saying those are accurate descriptions of white people in reality? You may see them as white. But Japanese people see them as Japanese. It'd be like arguing that a drawing of a vague stick figure is obviously a certain ethnicity. Basically anyone can identify with it... which is probably why anime is pretty popular worldwide... people identify with the cartoon designs more due to their neutrel-ness. Despite that they live in Japan, act Japanese and dress Japanese...

  • July 15, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST


    by Ironhelix

    I lived in Sasebo Japan for 5 years. The Japanese draw themselves as caucasian. This is a known and acknowledged fact in their culture. You don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • July 15, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by Ironhelix

    For clarification purposes, SOMETIMES they emphasize a character as being "asian" when it is required for the plot, however, almost without exception, their "Japanese" characters are almost ALWAYS drawn as caucasians. especially any protagonists.

  • July 15, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Can they do all that destruction on a $90m budget?

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Beyond that, the story is so rooted in Japan and Japanese culture. Not just the apocalypse angst, but the Buddhist-y themes. I just don't see how they could possibly transfer it to the states and have it even remotely resemble the original in anything other than name only. It's just a bad idea, completely unnecessary, will suck-ass, and is going to bomb. Btw, I lived in Japan too and taught English there. I only lived there a year though. In Tsukuba, Ibaraki; about a 45 minute to an hour ride by highway bus to Tokyo. I understand they have a train station now, though. Anyways...

  • July 15, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    ironhelix is absolutely correct.

    by Stalkeye

    Quote: "For clarification purposes, SOMETIMES they emphasize a character as being "asian" when it is required for the plot, however, almost without exception, their "Japanese" characters are almost ALWAYS drawn as caucasians. especially any protagonists. " That's what i have been saying for the longest, but then you have these asshole "otakus" who proclaim the reason for big eyes is mostly for expression. Yes, that's true to an extent but the characters are purposely drawn W-H-I-T-E. Do the protagonists from Macross, Space Battleship Yamato or even Gatchaman look Asian? no... fuck no.

  • July 15, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    could they not find a more bland director than him?

    by Bileranter

    surely there's a tv director trying to get their foot in the door of movies. What's the guy who directed one episode of Elmo's World doing these days?

  • July 15, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    IF ONLY Kinji Fukasaku STILL LIVED........

    by LUIS

  • July 15, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Akira for $90 million??? jesus

    by Billy_D_Williams

    for the first act, sure, but that anime's scale is would cost about as much as Avatar to do it properly...but silly me, I'm talking about Time Warner, only interested in marketing a brand with enough elements in it to satisfy 17 year old boys who've never seen or even heard of the original Akira. They don't make movies in Hollywood, they make deals. They make product. They could be selling tennis rackets and it would be about the same mentality. The only films worth watching these days are original ideas from talented filmmakers with a unique doesn't happen much anymore. Basically writer/directors are the only thing left worth a damn because they control the whol shebang, the idea and the film (for the most part). A director, even if he's good, who doesn't write the script, takes a script and fires the original writer, hires writer after writer (at the studio's request) until the script resembles a hodgepodge of disparate scenes that belong in other movies, but are just good enough to start filming...the script resembles a patchwork of studio exec ideas, channeled through a talented (or hack)'s like Picasso doing 40% of a painting and child doing the rest in scribbly gobbledygook. It's sad, its depressing, its pathetic.

  • July 15, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I guess I could believe random internet guys like ironhelix...

    by Johnno

    And his anecdotal evidence... And stalkeye... known for trolling anime news and repeating the same thing as if he were on a crusade with something to prove when really he just be trollin'... Or the bulk of commentary on the subject, where we know Tezuka adopted the big eyed look from Disneay cartoon characters, and that big eyed cuteness in general sell commercially in Japan... but oh no! It has to be because of caucasian envy and some self-hatred... nothing at all to do with stylish appeal, cartoons characterization or marketing appeal that has proven to sell from depictions of characters to animals... that'd be too simple... Forget that manga and anime encompasses various other styles, and that commercial films by the likes of Satoshi Kon and Oshii have accurate representationg of Japanese ethnicity... forget the obvious facts that even the big eyed 'caucasian' looking anime characters, when time comes to actually depict actual caucasian characters in them, stress them with blond hair, blue eyes, big nosed stereotyped images of actual white people... Noooo... It has to be an otaku conspiracy!

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    by shodan6672

    The Seven Samurai was already remade. It was called the Magnificent Seven. Whyu would another remake bother you more? Do what I do. Realize that the majority of remakes are far inferior to the source material and stick with the originals unless it is necessary (i.e. The Thing).

  • July 15, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    I love the original on blu. Love love love love love love

    by UltraTron

    love love love.... Llllllllllllllllove it!

  • July 15, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by Ironhelix

    I would agree with you, if it weren't for the fact that nearly all Japanese pop culture is ripped off from American culture in some way. Hell, when I lived there, if you didn't look like one of the cast of "Grease", you just weren't cool. It goes deeper still, but I know I'm not going to make you believe me, so why bother?

  • A live action, original screenplay,with a visionary director and good ACTORS (not dime a dozen disposable celebs posing as actors) MOVIE that will stand on it's own without an attachment to a comic book,toyline,anime or reboot of good originals. And then I woke up... I forgot the Zionist studio head douche bags that run this town (yes I live and work in Hollywood) need to buy another summer home with a four car garage to fit six european super cars into.Four to drive and two to snort coke off of with some doe-eyed fresh off the boat midwestern hopeful (girl or guy...not kidding) who wants to be in the movie business and is willing to do whatever it takes. Ugh...I'm gonna pop in my copy of John Carpenter's The Thing and enjoy.

  • July 16, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    what's with this obsession that it has to have J-actors?

    by chien_sale

    It's an American movie? Hell Akira is one of my favorite film of all time. This film was sick, it was fantastic, it was great. But this movie has been done it that form. A Hollywood studio has bought the rights to make a movie based on the Manga/Anime. At this point it stops being the same thing. It will be its own thing. If a Japanese company buys the rights for an American concept, I don't intend it to be played by Americans. It will be its own thing. As it should.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:13 a.m. CST

    This is why I say Akira should star two black guys

    by eveelcapitalist

    Scrap that. Don't make it at all PERIOD.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Okay, that's weird.

    by eveelcapitalist

    I just had a long reply to three different TBers and the only thing that posted was one ling that I quoted. I think something is wrong with the Talkback.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:18 a.m. CST


    by eveelcapitalist

    What you said. EXACTLY what you said. People really need to get over it. It's nothing but jerkoffs piling on with BS excuses to moan and groan. "Whitewashing!" Please. This is why I say they should cast two black guys, just to keep these idjits from mouthing off so much.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:20 a.m. CST


    by eveelcapitalist

    "Zionist douchebags"? Hey man, anti-semitic much? Take your hatemongering shit the fuck out of here, you worthless little cocksheath.

  • July 16, 2011, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Don't get the mindless drive to adapt everything to live action.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • July 16, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    House Of Wax and Orphan were HORRIBLE fucking movies

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I have no hope for this whatsoever.

  • July 16, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    in real news:

    by Richard

    it appears the Tumbler is back for TDKR.

  • July 16, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Setup for failure.

    by wonderboy2402

    Yea, shame.

  • July 16, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by blue meanie

    Can't those Hollywood Greed Mongers leave well alone! Why do they have to REMAKE every successful movie! This is going to be pure SHIT. Why don't they instead give the $90 million to the Japanese to animate a different, unused property, something like Katsuhiro Otomo's Domu? STUPID!

  • July 16, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Two Words... KERRY. CONRAN. That man could do a lot with $90m.

    by workshed

    With a great script, and the right actors, I'd love to see Conran tackle this. Sky Captain's visuals are the best I've seen on a budget that small. $90m ain't gonna buy you any sets so you're gonna need a guy who can do the business in post green screen. Just don't let George Lucas anywhere near it.

  • He's shit, and so are you

  • July 16, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Am I really the only one...

    by Richard

    who thinks Ridley Scott seems perfect for this?

  • July 16, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Didn't Akira end with him in glass jars???

    by Billyeveryteen

    The magna was fifty times cooler, with Akira sitting on a broken throne. No way will this EVER be done right.

  • July 16, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    get Tarsem

    by chien_sale

  • July 17, 2011, 2:15 a.m. CST

    @eveelcapitalist No hatemongering here...

    by kenchun24

    Just truth.I have many Jewish friends and my boss at the production studio I work at is Jewish as well. She is a good friend too and she agrees with me as we've had many conversations on the topic of Zionist run Hollywood. Not all Zionists are Jews and not all Jews are Zionists. One is a political movement that has gained unprecedented control of corrupt banking systems,mainstream media,entertainment media and government. And the other is a religion/culture. Great lecture on this topic I posted below.

  • Hey asshole, werent you the one who started talking shit if one questions the Kojima's plot arc in the underwhelming MGS2? Or let alone your precious Wackowski Brothers whose concept for the matrix was ripped from GITS? Two words: Fucking Hypocrite. it seems in all actuality, you sir are the troll with your bullshit "The (insert product placement here) will own your asses"! You're just full of hyperboyle and of course, shit. Go back to watching your Speed Racer Blu Ray courtesy of thw Wackhowski Brother..and also "Sister". Otaku asswipe.

  • July 17, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Oh, you're on board, Nerdling?

    by Gozu

    When you get "on board" with a project, it's like when Harry gives a positive review to...well, basically anything. I loved "Orphan," but have yet to see anything from this director that would suggest he can handle a project of this scope and Warner Bros. cutting the budget means it's that much more likely to become the next "Dragonball."

  • July 17, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Should not be made

    by Autodidact

    Just like Watchmen. While Akira might not tower over other movies the way Watchmen towers over other superhero comics, it's still one of the greatest anime/feature-length animations ever created. Any adapatation will fall short. And it will turn AKIRA into something only those who should be aware of are aware of, into something that soccer moms and "cool kids" are aware of.

  • July 17, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Uh, that last sentence.

    by Autodidact

    What I mean is AKIRA belongs to me and you soccer moms, big sports fans, and Call of Duty/Madden players just stay the fuck away.

  • July 17, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST


    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    in the mainstream mundane America even know what Akira is. They have already completely alienated the fanbase (read the script reviews that are out there) so who is going to pay to see this?

  • July 18, 2011, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Orphan was a sleazy eurotrash shlockfest

    by animatronicmojo

    Sure, there's a place for that, but "Unknown" (i.e. "Taken 2")? Srsly? "House of Wax" with Paris Hilton? "Goal II: Living the Dream?" Katsuhiro Otomo Jaume Collet-Serra ain't. Has anyone really heard one, single good thing about this Amerikira BS, which gets re-pimped on a monthly basis? One? Good? Thing? No, the news just gets worse and worse and worse and worse... and yet, coke-fueled delusions spring eternal, it seems. Ohhhh, right, "optimisim," how sweet- and such a love and reverence for the source material that they've changed just about everything and given it to a hack director with a shoestring budget because... wait for it... he's punctual. The credibility gap is now a sinkhole and this project is officially cursed, drag it to hell.

  • July 18, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

    Hollywood is dead.

  • July 18, 2011, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Collet-Serra has a reputation for being prompt and frugal

    by supertoyslast

    How does directing low-to-mid-budget films within budget help to keep a high-budget film within cost? They must be completely different animals. If that's the main concern, it'd be better to get someone who has proved themselves with sci-fi or high-budget films.

  • July 18, 2011, 7:27 a.m. CST

    I guess they could bring it in cheap

    by doubleshiny

    because the main story is now about the relationship between the brothers (yeah, Kaneda and Tetsuo are brothers now) and them battling a sinister corporation. The Akira stuff is sort of banished to act 3.

  • Well this movie really proves that view to be bullshit. I mean how savvy and smart can you be if you spend well over $90 million on a movie that the core fan base will boycott and every one else wont give a shit about? I really hope this shit flops, badly.