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AKIRA Greenlit - Garrett Hedlund In Talks For Kaneda

Nordling here.

Interesting that this happens after the CHRONICLE trailer debuts; I got a real AKIRA vibe from some of the scenes in that trailer.  Now Warner Brothers, according to Variety, has decided to go ahead with the $90 million production, with possibly Garrett Hedlund as the frontrunner for Kaneda.  Jaume Collet-Serra (UNKNOWN, ORPHAN) will direct.

I still don't think $90 million is enough for any live-action adaptation of this story - has Warner Brothers even seen the last 45 minutes of the animated film?  It outdoes Michael Bay in scale, and the film was made almost 25 years ago - and it's possible the budget has increased since the last reports.  Garrett Hedlund as Kaneda definitely seems like they're casting older than the original film's characters.  I'm certain those names will be changed too.  I can't imagine Kaneda and Tetsuo will work if the film goes to a Western setting.

If I'm sounding pessimistic, I'm trying not to be.  It's very possible that with today's advances in special effects that WB can bring this in with a reduced budget, and that Collet-Serra can make a compelling film with the material.  I'm very curious to see who they cast as Tetsuo, or the Colonel.  Filming will start Spring, 2012.

Nordling, out.

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  • Oct. 20, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST


    by James

    fuck this

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST

    William Peterson as the Colonel.

    by Darth_Kong

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 6:31 a.m. CST


    by photoboy

    I didn't think Hedlund was very good in Tron Legacy. Couldn't they get Brian Cox to play Kaneda?

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 6:39 a.m. CST

    I heard they're changing the title to 'Dave'.

    by SigourneyWeavers3Dbeaver

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    It will be ADAM

    by vadakinX

    It's kind of obvious. I Adam the first man, Akira the first man-god. If Hollywood is anything, it's predictable. Kaneda will be Kevin and Tetsuo will be Trevor or Tommy or Travis.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Garrett Hedlund looks like a poor man's Jensen Ackles.

    by moorE12

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST


    by joedubass

    This is bad idea... and Garrett Hedlund is a terrible actor.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:02 a.m. CST

    My All time Favourite Movie, Book and Soundtrack!

    by UGG

    Is about to e.x.p.l.o.d.e. into a pile of shit by the look's of it.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:05 a.m. CST

    O my Tetsuo! Thats Garrett Hedlund!

    by UGG

    the plank of wood from Tron Legacy! The guy makes Keanu look like Laurence Olivier

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Also tetsuo and kaneda will be what? tony and Kenny?

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    From the guy who made House Of Wax!?!

    by UGG

    Does anybody at WB even give a shit? Why not give it to me I'll do it for fucking free and probably do about as good a job as these guys.

  • Westerns are stupid idiots.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST

    * westerners

    by Ricardo

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST


    by CodeName

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    We need somebody to ride a futuristic motorcycle!

    by ROBRAM89

    Don't worry, I got our guy.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    HA! I calld

    by Grace_Panda

    called this last year!

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST


    by CodeName

    Please, don't group all westerners in the same category. Makes me wonder why you come here to this site. There are fantastic 'westerners' out there who are making a difference to make sure your life counts.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    HA! I called this last year!

    by Grace_Panda

    They will no doubt go with Garath Headlump as nerds now associate him with badly rendered cgi motor bikes. now, if you will excuse me I have to get back to working on my Anime, tentacle porn version of Gone With The Wind!

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Jesse Eisenberg IS Kaneda! Michael Cera IS Tetsuo! In...Beta Male Akira.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Do Not Want

    by Iowa Snot Client

    And someone please tell me the live-action Cowboy Bebop is dead. Lie if you have to.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    American studios are so retarded they'll probably just change the ending

    by alienindisguise

    and why hasn't a Japanese live action studio attempted this yet?

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    So an american white boy named AKIRA? what's next?

    by KilliK

    an american movie about a kid who learns kung fu and it is titled The Karate Kid? oh wait.. HOLLYWOOD, YOU ARE FUCKING RETARDED.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Akira's setting should look like Blade Runner's

    by Stark1070

    setting....that type of gritty, neon infused enviornment. It would need a director of Ridley Scott's caliber to pull it off correctly, with Asian leads, following the source material, to do the books justice. C'mon now. This is going to be a shit-fest. What a fucking disgrace. We can always watch the cartoon and tune this out.

  • For absolutely no reason at all, the opening track of the score for the anime popped into my head. Then I get to work and I see this. Why can't my odd sixth sense work to get me paid? I'll think of a random movie and suddenly it's on TV within 48 hours or it's being remade. Fuck my lame skills.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    BTW have you noticed the budget? the 90m$ budget?

    by KilliK

    a movie in which the last act is all about a superman fighting the army,a gigantic baby,a huge civilian riot and a big part of a metropolitan city which is destroyed and a man-god is born? are they sure that they can pull this off with such a small budget or are we going to expect a lot of changes and cuts from the original work?

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    What! no obit for Colonel Gaddafi.....

    by Grace_Panda

    He was awesome in Naked Gun!

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST


    by j_difool

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Stick Decaprio in there...

    by ZodNotGod

    He looks like a Chink anyway.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST


    by ZOMBRE

    sucks. Please feel free to repost.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Let's hope the remake is coherent, unlike the original.

    by ZodNotGod

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Hmm, would Nolan be the right guy?

    by The Fuck

    Better get some young talent, japanese if possible. Just READ the damn books, DON'T make it your own thing!!! RATED R

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox for the Colonel

    by DangerDave


  • Oct. 20, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Ain't It Cool News: The Movie. Harry Knowles played by Brian Cox.

    by Darth_Kong

    You know it to be true.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Damn it. I thought they had abandoned this idea.

    by frank

    Just when I thought Hollywood was thinking sensibly for a change.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    How about a white actor painted yellow? it worked in the old

    by KilliK

    westerns with the painted indians.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    this cannot end well..

    by paul burnett

    ..Akira is unfilmable with live action, i mean c'mon, with that ending..what next..The Watchmen??....oohh riighht..

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Horrible News!!!!!

    by GravyAkira

    Check out my name. This has to be in Tokyo!!!

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    LOL @ robram89!!!

    by GravyAkira

    Sad but true probably

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST


    by Grace_Panda

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    its not racist!!!!

    by ihatetalkbacks

    Hollywood always localises. Remember The Magnificent 7 that was based on a japanese film. That new Girl with the dragon tattoo set in Sweden but uses english. You know those well known liberal Jews the Cohen brotbers; theylocalisedthe lady killers from london. Hardly racist; just making it more accessable to local audiences. Does a 90japanese million budget - quite lowmeanthey might make a higher rated version? Like thing? Less money to loose. It does make me think that tetsuo will end up as a dr manhatten style giant man not a monster. Sorry about format on phone!

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    mark strong for colonel

    by ihatetalkbacks

    John hurt as nezu.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Why oh why?

    by ChicagoRonin

    This is misguided on so many levels. First off, part of what makes Akira so great is the fact that it is animated: The character and background designs, action sequences and effects all fully exploit possibilities that animation has and live action doesn't. In fact, in many ways it was the visuals that made the film, because (as someone above mentioned) the story does fall into incoherence at several points. Next, I really think the Japanese setting is a key to the original film's success. So much of it is plugged into the themes of mass destruction, postwar reconstruction and rebirth that have been part of Japanese sci-fi since WWII. Now, maybe there is a way to transfer everything (I really didn't think remaking Infernal Affairs as the Departed would work, but found myself pleasantly surprised and entertained by the finished product), but I can't foresee it. Last, I just think remaking Akira now is a half-baked, too-late idea. I have strong nostalgic feelings for the original film, but there are aspects of it that feel dated and overall science fiction, anime and the rest have all moved on.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Explain how Garrett Hedlund is a character named "Kaneda"

    by riskebiz

    Who will they get for "Tetsuo"? The most caucasian young man they can find? Why are they not looking for asian talent?

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    This is going to be shite.

    by goatboy500

    I'll ignore it, never watch it, not acknowledge it's existence. which is what i did with the thing re-quel.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Fuck this Movie

    by Autodidact

    Fuck it in the same hole they shit Watchmen out of.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    90 mil for AKIRA? Look just rename it Push 2.

    by OnO

    There's no way you capture the scale of AKIRA as a live action film with western Hollywood cookie -cut semi-adult actors without it being offensive and laughable to the fans. 90 Mil covers the ending only... maybe. You need to pack up and head to Tokeyo and start looking for real Teenage break out actors if you want to stay somewhat true to the story. Or you head to Los Angeles and film on the freeways and the River Beds. The large freeway infrastructure and over crowding and surrounding Asian-American centers in Los Angeles would make for some tense Motorcycle gangs that are believable. Plus you have some well established Military bases all along the Southern Coast of California that can add the needed backdrop. New York I keep cringing while thinking "TETSUOOOOOO... Yo! Yous got problem over heres or somethin." All in all though it's a terrible idea to even attempt this movie using western actors while keeping the name AKIRA then basing the actor for Kaneda on the Tron Legacy footage while hoping he sticks is saddening.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    hey guys - getting "asian" actors seems racist

    by ihatetalkbacks

    People keep saying akira is uniquely japanese. I personally think it could be localised well with plenty of subtext. It wont be though. If it to is uniquely japanese then japanese talent should act in it. They will have a unique japanese view and contextualise the story. If you just want people with slanted eyes as they look a bit japanese that seems a little racist. Choosing some one for their look -a just as people are saying hollywood is.doing with the western actors - choosing for their look.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    said months ago...

    by Richard

    Ridley Scott is about the only person I think could pull this off well. he does epic like no one else (even you, James Cameron). although, if you do the books justice, wouldn't there need to be a trilogy at least? it's six volumes of 1900+ pages.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Jensen Ackles

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>is really the poor man's Jensen Ackles. And for once, that's GOOD for the poor man.</p> <p> </p> <p>iowa snot farmer. The Cowboy Beebop live action project is dead.</p> <p> </p> <p>And I think Akira (or ANY movie) CAN be made properly and be enjoyable by the masses. Just not with this B - C grade director, not with this scenery stealing actor. (And by scenery stealing, I mean he steals the job of the scenery to blend in with the background.) And not with a measely $90 Mil budget.</p> <p> </p> <p>Live Action Akira needs someone like Alex Proyas to direct. The actor playing 'Kevin' winkwink, needs to look young, streetwise, intimidating, but not all that bright. Maybe Aldis Hodge, Aaron Johnson, or Arnie Hammer. Who ever they get, he has to look like a pack leader. The big dog. And there are not a lot of actors out there that can pull that off any more.</p>

  • yeah right, it'll be another white guy, probably Justin Timberlake or the guy from I am number 4.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Garrett Hedlund

    by James

    is also playing Dean Moriarty in On the Road. I doan like it.

  • i can accept the white washing if they get it right but at the least and out of respect of the classic WB should cast an asian for the second lead.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    or Neill Blomkamp

    by Juggernaut125

    could be a good director and he'll help keep the budget down. (Still would need more than $90 mil though.)

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    by Grace_Panda

    Garath Headlump is an archetypal meat puppet, a sock puppet would bring more to this.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Nordling says name changes:

    by professor murder

    I'm certain those names will be changed too. I can't imagine Kaneda and Tetsuo will work if the film goes to a Western setting.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Akira is overrated crap.

    by Iudex


  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    I'm wondering..

    by s0l

    if this is a "Must make it now or loose the rights" sort of thing! Sounds like they are trying to push something out the door with a small enough budget with a cheep director and the current "hollywood's sweetheart actor" script will be cut to shreds (last 30 mins will be cut to a few scenes) Set in a modern day American army base in the middle east And it will turn out Akira was the result of a mad dictator who destroyed a Middle-Eaststern country or something just as stupid...

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I really like Jensen Ackles

    by SmokingRobot

    He's a far better actor than the material he has to work with on his show. Every now and then you see glimpses of it. I want to see him on the big screen, but I doubt it will happen.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    I second Neill

    by Geomancer21

    Considering what he did with $30 mil i don't see why he couldn't pull off this with 3 times that.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by the1980mutant

    ....Is a great idea, but these asshats will never get him. Besides, he's probably balls deep in Elsyium production. I have zero hopes they will bring the movie to screen and do it justice. Kinda expecting what DragonballZ fans got with that crappy Fox film. However, I'll always have my special edition DVD of Akira and thats fine by me.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Episode III

    by rahtard

    Cost $113 million to make. All of the budget would go to the end of the movie, obviously. $90 million says it can be rated R, which I don't really know even if its faithful to the animated movie it would still warrent an R. There will be no world wide box office for this film though, which should be kept in mind. I seriously doubt Asian customers will buy it. If its just ok it can make $90 million opening weekend, look how much the Bay crapfests have made. As long as it stays true to the philosophy of the book and anime, I'll buy into it, even if its a bunch of white guys.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I hopes this movie makes a total of $89 million

    by sullivansmith

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Why not actually cast teens? Why can't that be?

    by AsimovLives

  • Are they afraid of potentially ruining bribe attempts and studio pay-offs?

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    They can totally keep them Asian using:

    by professor murder

    Since they are obviously throwing out the 'TEEN' aspect of the story and will probably just base it around a motorcycle club instead of a youth motorcycle club, they have plenty of Asian American 'babyfaces' that could definitely fill the male roles: John Cho Sung Kang Steven Yeun Harry Shum, Jr. Ian Anthony Dale Will Yun Lee

  • Man, show some respect, will you! And you claim yourself to like AKIRA?

  • Still, I feel trepidation about this project. What keeps me hopeful is how well Infernal Affairs was adapted. Hollywood does have the ability to do this justice. I guess we'll have to wait for first reports to see if they do or if they hump it like a pack of wild dogs.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by Breotan

    You think they'll have Akira come back in this movie as a giant CGI squid? :P

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I was hoping this project would die...

    by Nuts

    ...but no, it looks like we're getting another Dragonball Evolution. I fucking hate the westernization of stories that are so very Japanese.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by Nuts

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Why make this?

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    Weren't the characters in Akira 16 years old orphans at a reform school? Now the leads are like 30 something white guys. It takes place in New York and all the names are different. The only people who know what Akira is are the fans. Regular folks don't have a clue what this is. Its not like its spider man. The fans of Akira won't support this. Fans will hate on this more than "Nooooooooo".

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    I think they got Garrett Hedlund...

    by jimmy_009

    ...from the same clone factory as Hayden Christensen and the guy from the new Flashdance movie.

  • Great Excerpts - I know you will appreciate this background info, such as this: He was nicknamed Count Dracula by the droll grips and sparks of Shepperton. They had a point: no matter how hot those soundstages got, Giger would be dressed head-to-toe in black leather, hair slicked back, eyes blazing with secret intensity. He reminded John Hurt of Harold Pinter. As it so happened, Giger was an avid reader of novelist H.P. Lovecraft, the granddaddy of cosmic gothic-appropriating his double-initialed form of address and the title Necronomicon for a collection of his own. Of course, he admired Edgar Allan Poe too.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Cop Out

    by crazybubba

    not going with an asian lead. People flip their lids when someone suggests a black wonder woman or a black James Bond but white washing characters i.e. Tonto, that movie 21 and numerous others is okay.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    They can still call it Akira.

    by Johnno

    Akira is not one of the main characters. He's a little boy who never talks and just gestures and stands or sits there looking mysterious. They can easily fill that roll with a young Asian boy. The plot revolves around him. With a low budget I'm hoping they aim for R. And also I think Leo intends to adapt the manga version... possibly into multiple films. So I don't know how far they'll get but maybe, just maybe it's doable if they intend a trilogy and the first film covers the first 2 books, where it does get crazy but not too crazy... Depending on where they end, they could save the crazy stuff for the next two films. If film 1 does well, WB will up the budget significantly and shoot the next two films back to back. I'm not feeling good about the director however... If WB was shopping for some directors who know FX and have done epic scale films and who get anime, they had the Wachowski Brothers right in their own back yard. Yeah Speed Racer tanked (unjustly), but they deserved another shot! Missed opportunity! But I bet maybe they did approach the Wachowskis and the Wachowskis wanted it localized in Japan and a bigger budget.

  • burn, hollywood, burn nothing but whores left, all the talent has been run off or killed this will make Dragonball Evolution look like Citizen Kane

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by DarkSeider

    spare us the colossal failure this is going to be. Did they not learn from The Last Airbender?

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by ihatetalkbacks

    Just like those eddie murphy and will smith white washes like nutty professor or i am legend and wild wild west; or king pin in dare devil? Or how about the black female leads in the u.s. taxi? It goes both ways.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by Tom

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by Tom

    Definitive. It'll be called Barry. Barry - The Biker.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Burn Hollywood Burn

    by crazybubba

    this is off topic, but is independent online film making catching on at all. Self-publishing books and e-books seem to gaining a little momentum is this happening with film making at all. Hollywood really needs a shot in the arm of fresh and original ideas and scripts. Hollywood has always made movies out of books and comics and done remakes of old movies but its really gotten out of hand along with trend of doing play safe remakes of old tv shows. The suits in charge really seem to be ruining things. Are there any up and coming Tarintinos, Scorsees or Lucaseseses out there. I'll even take a new Spike Lee.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by Tom


  • Oct. 20, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST


    by crazybubba

    good point but it I have heard a lot outrage over the black kingpin and black Nick Fury (neither of which I'm a fan of) but I don't hear the same outrage when its a white actor playing a non-white role.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Love this shit...

    by BookhouseBoy

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I've got a bad feeling about this...

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Wasn't that around the budget for both Last Airbender and Dragonball? Both of those had a built in fan base and both tanked. Not too many Americans are familiar with it and those that are fans will not like the liberties that the studio is gonna take.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by Kamaji

    Really, that's about all I remember about the anime-dub...aside from Tetsuo's mutation at the end.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by coz

    it is a growing area, much more slowly that self publishing or even recording mostly because it costs more to produce a movie than music or a book, but it's getting there

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Cant be done

    by bill

    This cant be done. The original is brilliant but even if you could bring the whole thing to life in live action it would tank. Audiences wont understand it. If you turn it into mass market product the fans will hate it. I'd rather see a Nolan or Cameron take on Ghost in the Shell. That could be clever, cool and affordable. I can see that making money and being a fan favourite.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    race is not the issue, setting is not the issue

    by coz

    The issue is that these talentless schmucks are going to take an epic, brilliant sci-fi masterpiece, gut it and bleed it, chop off all the parts that have any thought to them, grind up what's left into a fine paste, feed it to some lowbrow slack-jawed test subjects, make them vomit it back up, mold it into easily consumable chunks, and wrap it up into an hour and a half abomination. THAT is the issue.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Why bother getting upset?

    by wierdo27

    It's a catch 22, always was. It's the mobster who wants you to play at his daughter's wedding under pain of death, but wants you to love it as well. Under pain of death. There's no way to win.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Neill Blomkamp is the only guy who could do this right.

    by Randy

    I'm serious, look what he did with 30 million and good idea, he made one of the best scifi films in years. Imagine if they gave him 90 million to make an R rated Akira movie, I guarantee you he could make a great adaptation with that. He's off working on his own stuff and God bless him, I would rather have him create an original scifi work.

  • there's always that.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    the cartoon movie is much better than the books

    by Spandau Belly

    The books just go in circles forever with various factions constantly stealing Akira from each other and Tokyo exploding like 10 times over the course of the story. I kinda stopped caring after the fifth time everything exploded. The film had way more focus and the two times Tokyo explodes in the film have impact. There are some neat characters in the book who got chopped from the film, and I liked the stuff about Tetsuo being a junkie, but the film is far superior storytelling.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    This film is already irrelevant

    by Billy_D_Williams

    They're making a movie called AKIRA set in the USA with American actors? What's with the title then? I'm so sick of Hollywood aping other movie properities with ZERO concern for the huge leaps in logic that must take place for it to make sense. The recent Karate Kid set in China is another. People who know what Akira is know the movie will be bullshit, so why even call it Akira? The target audience for this remake has probably never even heard of the original, so again, why call it Akira??????@()@#U@#*(*@#@!!

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    90 million could work

    by mukhtabi

    If they went with mostly practical effects, and saved as much money as possible for Act 3 and see if you could possibly make some animatronic puppets to complement the CG environments that would be necessary for the insanity that culminates at the end of this film. I could see that realistically happening. Would it be layered, textured and refined enough, probably not; but it's doable.

  • .. oh wait.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by Grace_Panda

    any form of practical effect costs significantly more than it's computer generated equivalent

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by ar42

    Just no.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Charisma scale:

    by soma_with_the_paintbox

    Keanu Reeves > GL's turkey neck > Garrett Hedlund > 2 x 4 > Hayden Christensen This has clusterfuck written all over it. No thanks.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    wierdo27 do you have a video or an audio with the 50s theme?

    by KilliK

    i searched in youtube but i didnt find anything.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I love Giger's work. I have this book of his which is part biography part porfolio, and it's awesome. The funy thing is that in interviews he comes across as both weird and pretty normal. What a character. And to think he hails from Switzerland. Talk about trashing the stereotype.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Akira is so a japanese name

    by AsimovLives

    If i recall it correctly,it's the make version of the female name Aki. Aki is ancient japanese and means divine light or something like that.

  • A very draining experience. It's a great movie, but not one i find myself rewatching frequently. GHOST IN THE SHELL hit more a chord with me.

  • Err yea wierdo27 that's the one I mean...

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    doctor_strangepork Good choices. Jeff Goldblum

    by Ozman X

    as the Colonel to complete your set.

  • instead of calling them remakes they will simply be referred to as 'Garrett Hedlund presents......'

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Yeah it's going to be terrible, but I want to say

    by Cat_Corporation

    ...there's really no point moaning about it. Those of us who love the original will still love it. Those for whom the new version will be definitive will probably never have watched the original anyway, and if they did they wouldn't like it. And new generations of people will continue to discover the original because it's a timeless masterpiece. I can't see how live action can possibly capture the intensity and sheer magnitude of that ending, and transferring the action outside of Japan will destroy much of the film's thematic relevance, but none of this will undermine the original in the long run. We've all got our pristine blu-rays, if we want them. Right, I'm off to bring about world peace.

  • Paris Hilton She'll spread everywhere! Kaneda will shoot her head off with a laser but it won't work... The military will use all their satellite weapons to pound her, but all efforts are futile! Akira himself will use all the power of the universe to undo her... but no... noooo.... it is all futile... Credits

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    This does have a positive - crazy, but read!!

    by david starling

    Such a waste of money for a project, and as much as I'd like to say it might be good, I know its not going to be, deep-down. So I say this: Get Kanye West doing the soundtrack, get Michael Bay to direct it, throw in a dozen other irritating things or people you really really hate, then SHAZAM!! When the film is released, all those shit things you truly cannot stand will be in this heap of crapola - so it means that whatever else is on at the local cinema is bound to be good!! Simples!!

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    @killik -some Superman links

    by wierdo27

    here's one of a fleischer cartoon. at the beginning, there's a "hero triad" , you know, the basic fanfare of the type we associate with superman. seems like there are variations of this thought for superman, with the biggest deviations being Supergirl and Smallville; all the rest do some version of the fanfare. note also that at 3:50, there's an exact musical cue which was used in the original movie...along with some of the other ideas, like the train, etc...the 1978 Superman movies borrowed heavily from these cartoons, which here's the first tv show i think the way they do it is to have a "lietmotif", or a "heroic triad", three notes, then they repeat that, then they do the rest of it. then, of course, there's john williams version It's not that I hate the John Williams version, I love it, I think it's obviously by far the most realized of this idea and has more than a little to do with its' success, but I do find it sort of annoying when people complain that the Williams score is the end all be all, when actually, the whole vibe and musical journey started with the cartoons back in the 40s, everyone building on what had come before. Max Fleischer deserves a lot of credit for bringing the Superman experience to film for the first time. There's no reason why a new composer can't continue on this tradition and create something new, great, and yet not quite so different. some more interesting info enjoy!

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Word up, uggo!

    by wierdo27

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    just in case, no disrespect ugg

    by wierdo27

    i know you weren't making the same point I was arguing against, it's just...I've had to get that off my chest for a while. peace out, brotherman

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Garrett Hedlund makes Hayden Christensen look like Larry Olivier

    by AzulTool

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Akira = Yawn

    by Bigdada

    Bored me to near tears.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Billy, Jimmy

    by Mace Tofu

    and Bob. Akira's name will be changed to Bob. Kaneda is now Jimmy. Tetsuo will be named Billy and played by a female. The city will be Neo LA. The movie PG-13 ZZZzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Another studio already made Akira -- watch trailer inside.

    by CodeName

    Called "Chronicle". --

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck is Garrett Hedlund?

    by mdk

    Also, here I thought this project was thankfully dead. HollyFagWood strikes again.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Now that the corporate music industry has killed rock...

    by mdk

    ...(thanks for contributing Steve Jobs, rot in hell). What will they use for a soundtrack? Gay ass shit like Bieber, Gaga and Foster the People?

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Mr. yet, Just think how great GaGa will sound

    by Mace Tofu

    as the kids race down the streets of LA on their CGI motorbikes.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Thanks for the book tip (Giger). With your help, I will make one Alien fan's birthday very special. (and don;t think I won't leaf through it first for a ... few days)

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Bieber, Gaga and.....

    by gotilk

    I don't like Foster the People either, but are you fucking high? That's like saying you hate spinach, brussels sprouts and caramel. Might be true, but it's also really bugnuts.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Jeff Bridges for the General, Olivia Wilde for Tetsuo.

    by kevred

    Hmm... I thought the should have cast younger in TRON 2, and I think they should cast younger in this. What happened to unusual fantasy films with actual children starring? It's a dying breed.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    And here is the first trailer from the americanized AKIRA

    by KilliK

    It says it all:

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    @ugg @wierdo27 thanx for the links.

    by KilliK

    i am checking them right now.

  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Akira is one of those movies that has eternally escaped me

    by Kammich

    Honestly, I'm far from an anime fan... but the premise of "Akira" sounds awesome, and I know so many people and have heard from so many others who would take a BULLET in defense of this movie, that I can't believe I have YET to see it. I've rented it twice, and both times I ended up smoking weed and taking ambien. I probably watched the whole movie both times, but I can't remember any of it. I'm not even a continuous drug user. The ambien/weed thing is a terrible fucking habit I have any time I turn on any kind of animation. I'm a weak-willed human being.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Ok, ok... NOW your raping my childhood.

    by kirttrik

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    And that mini-me guy as one of the psychic kids

    by kirttrik

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Oh, and I'm hoping for awesome hover bikes instead of motorcycles

    by kirttrik

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Justin Bieber or Justin Timberlake as KANEDA! Either one will work

    by kirttrik

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:59 a.m. CST

    It's (b) isn't it? Yeah, Brian Cox upsets me too.

    by Darth_Kong

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    @darth_kong an americanized AKIRA played by Brian Cox

    by KilliK

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST


    by blackflowerX

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by HB_Dad

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Garrett Hedlund

    by SolidStateSociety



  • Oct. 21, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Don't....just don't

    by Lukes Lost Hand

    This is SUCH a Japanese story that Americanizing it will just destroy it utterly. PLEASE leave this property alone and move along Hollywood...unless you're willing to set and shoot this in Japan with Japanese-American actors. Not Korean, not Chinese, but Japanese-American; yes we can tell the difference.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Either . .

    by Jayeskimo

    . . do this properly and follow the story correctly which is why its popular in the first place ( Japan, punk KIDS etc) or do an original story that has similar themes/tones like Chronicle. Why pretend to market this film as AKIRA, when its obviously not the story AKIRA??

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    why not just release the original in 3d?

    by Grace_Panda

    slap and new dub on it if you must. Disney has already shown this is how you really make money from old animated features.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    too little, too late

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    Akira's time has come and gone. If you have to change it so radically, why bother? I agree it's totally rooted in Japanese culture - no one over here (in the States) will get it. Everything hollywood does is based on numbers (and shit), so how does this add up for them? Again - why bother?

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    I don't know about that. I vividly recall in grad school looking at budget spreadsheets for films with practical effects, and the cost was distinctly lower for practical over CGI. I mean Terry Gilliam films have all been practical and from what I recall he's never had a lot of money to work with. Although I suspect there might have been a little CGI in Parnassus... Well maybe Brother's Grimm had CGI, I'm not certain as I have not seen that one yet. Still I know Moon was made for 3 million and that was all practical effects. Therefore Practical can be cheaper. Now if you want to contend that certain practical effects would be way more expensive - a working practical C'thulu for example - I could definitely buy that. But generally I still think practical is cheaper.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    I bought the orginal English VHS Dub of Akira for 99 cents..god bless Goodwill stores

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    Got a Dreamcast too

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by Grace_Panda

    I'd say 10 years ago that may have been true Unfortunately most studios/post houses have realized that a lot of CGI work is 25% creativity and 75% glorified IT work. In the past five years a lot of the big companies are now outsourcing a lot of work (basic animation/rigging stuff) to India where there are a lot of IT graduates who will do the work for peanuts. In contrast to this, practical effects require a very specific set of skilled individuals: sculptors, model makers, puppeteers, pyrotechnicians, camera assistants, DP ect ect . Plus you now need very costly studio space, cameras, lights, motion control equipment ect ect; all of which is hired for a very high daily rate. Now compare that to the cost of a bunch of people at computers in a small office working for just above minimum wage. The bottom line is if practical effects were cheaper to produce we wouldn't be seeing so much third rate CGI in movies and TV.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    The 'American' Akira has already been made...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    ...I'm sure you've all seen this (maybe someone else posted it above already), but it's worth another look: That sound you hear is the proverbial nail being hit on the head.....

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    @wilford_brimleys etc..

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    You're lucky - I much preferred the VHS dub to the DVD one. Maybe 'cause I watched the VHS so many times and was used to it, but the DVD dub sounded like the same actors pitching their voices slightly differently.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Garrett Hedlund's career is scary...

    by Pau

    ... Troy, Eragon, Tron Legacy, On the Road and now Akira... is he trying to destroy cultural icons with his inexistent talent?

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    There's just no fucking way...

    by the_box_drone

    I'm seldom one to rain shit upon a production so early in it's creation, but seriously... everything about this points straight to "HELL NO."

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Stacy Keach IS The Colonel

    by CoolerKing72

    FACT! And leave alone..This is a $300 million film at least and no doubt they will change the names of the characters....

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST


    by maelstrom_ZERO

    I'd have to give an unenthusiastic "no" to the idea of this Hedlund person doing any more culturally important geek properties. After watching his turn in Tron, I have to say that he brought absolutely nothing compelling to the table. At all. And this is coming from a guy that's usually willing to overlook mediocre acting as long as the movie is moderately entertaining. Unfortunately, Tron Legacy was so rife with awful acting, terrible plot points, failed dialogue and just very weird production decisions, that it couldn't distract from Hedlund's generally poor performance. It's possible that I'm being a bit rough since I'm not exactly the biggest fan of Tron Legacy to begin with. The movie was simply awful, even compared to the clunky original. Even so, I'm trying my best to make a rational judgment, and I just feel that Hedlund didn't do ANYTHING for the movie. At all. So yeah. If anyone who's involved with the Powers-That-Be are listening, please keep this guy far away from Akira as possible. I wouldn't mind if you stuck him in the movie as one of the extras or something, but as Kaneda or Tetsuo or another lead role? I'm gonna have to go with no here.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Sucking Satan's Cock Dept.

    by victor82

    I'm glad Hicks isn't alive to see this. Jesus. This is the worst thing I've heard about since the trial balloon went up about Keanu being cast in the live action Cowboy Bebop as Spike Spiegel, which, thankfully, never got off the ground. This will be an atrocity, an abortion. This will be the worst offense against fandom since Plan 9 From Outer Space. Only Ed Wood could actually direct.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Hollywood would do that, too.

    by victor82

    I expect Justin Timberlake to show up in this deeply offensive film. Christ, Zach "FuckMeInMyTenderWhiteAss" Efron is showing up as Jonny in the Jonny Quest film, so that apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Seriously, the L.A. Convention Center will burn to the ground when they premier Akira Live Action at Anime Expo the year it comes out, unless they find a way to work in some fanservice porn or some futanari. You know anime fans. They never change.

  • Oct. 23, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    by jinxter

    I cannot believe that Hollywood cannot find even ONE JAPANESE ACTOR WILLING TO TAKE THIS ROLE! I am calling complete BS!