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Gary Oldman And Helena Bonham Carter To Be In AKIRA?

Nordling here.

Now that AKIRA is officially underway, we're getting reports of casting for the various roles.  Garrett Hedlund is in talks for Kaneda, and now TwitchFilm is reporting that Helena Bonham Carter is in talks to play Lady Miyako and Gary Oldman is in talks to play one of the film's pivotal characters, the Colonel.

I pictured someone a little bigger in mind physically for the Colonel, but Gary Oldman will do nicely.  He definitely has the intensity.  Lady Miyako had a larger role in the manga - in the anime she's only in a couple of crowd shots - so is it possible that Jaume Collet-Serra's film will draw more heavily from the manga?  These names may just be the template names for the various roles for now, as I imagine with a Western cast like this we won't be keeping the Japanese names.

Although I'm not jazzed about Hedlund, Oldman and Bonham Cater are good actors.  I imagine that Warners is very interested in keeping the fanbase somewhat happy in the casting, so this is a good start.

Nordling, out.

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  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Hedlund as Kaneda=forever typecast as guy on futuristic motorcycle


    don't do it Garrett!!

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Everything is better with Oldman!

    by Fade_1977

    First good news I've heard from this project.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    that's a really nice shot of Carter

    by Spandau Belly

    really inspirational

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Maybe they will set it in England instead of New York?

    by K-Gin

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    oh, great...

    by Dollar Bird

    I like Oldman, but more often than not, Miss Little-face lowers my enjoyment of a picture. (The only exceptions I can think of were "Fight Club" and "The King's Speech".) Ah, well. It's not like I can never watch the original anymore. (With Cam Clarke as Kaneda, thank you. It always delighted me to hear Leonardo's voice coming out of the character...)

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Fuck this movie with her in it.

    by disfigurehead

    No way I will see it if she is in it.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Yeah. Some great Asian actors there.

    by elgato73

    Way to go Warners. Way to go.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Kaneda is supposed to be around 16 or 17 no?

    by torontoxic

    Micahel Pitt 5+ years ago would have been best for Tetsuo.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    This is actually something that could be a franchise.

    by UltraTron

    A good one. You've got new gods being born. You've got rated R superhero action. Intense excuses for visual effects fantasmigoria all over the place. This should be great.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Now I'm really confused

    by david starling

    Have we all got the wrong idea of this film? Could we be looking at some modern kind of animated Akira perhaps? Maybe even motion-capture ala Tintin? I only say this, as the current choice of actors seem to be representative in voice and face perhaps, but no way in build and stature.

  • ''You are selfish Hollywood Individualists!'' (wheels around in philosophical disappointment) PS - Tachikoma likes Gary Oldman, especially in 'LEON' and 'True Romance', and bears the man no ill will. Tachikoma merely believes that even Oldman cannot rescue this movie from... G a l a c t i c S u c k a g e.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I like how the English dub gave her a man's voice

    by rev_skarekroe

    Under the guise of culture we find desolation of the human heart!

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    At best...

    by BloodiedFox

    ... this might be one of those films that if I can force myself to forget the source material it might be really good. That's both a big 'forget' and a big 'might' though

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Please. Shit-can this project NOW.

    by BeanGrud

    There is only one AKIRA, fools.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Racist white bastards.

    by shutupfanboy

    Disgusting, this thing is going to get made.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Stop saying she's hot. She's odd as a cod!

    by ZodNotGod

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Change Kaneda's name to Canada

    by Jake Pantlin

    ...and set the movie in Neo-Toronto. Also, change the name of the movie from "Akira" to "Adam". Can't get more white washed than that! Fucking Hollywood. I know he is Chinese, but they should cast Jay Chou.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I pictured someone a little more Asian in mind.

    by ar42

    Remaking Akira with American actors is missing the point in the same way that remaking Do The Right Thing with Japanese actors would be. PLEASE DON'T.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Doesn't matter who's in this

    by Billy_D_Williams

    It will not be will be a watered down PG-13 version of "Push"...why they're choosing to call it Akira irks me to no end. It has nothing to do with that series. It's a Hollywood product placement deal. Does anyone really believe they will capture even 1/10 of the anime's insane tone? It's visual splendor? Those things are what made Akira...Akira. This is not AKIRA, it's Hollywood movie deal #29384930

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST's not rated R, its PG-13

    by Billy_D_Williams

    One of the Huges brothers said Warners was forcing him to make it PG-13 when he was attached to direct

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Wouldn't Gary Oldman be better as the scientist?

    by Breotan

    I think someone with more of a "soldier" look and bearing would be better for the Colonel. Antonio Banderas, anyone?

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    ar42, ''Do The Right Thing with Japanese actors''

    by Tom

    Now I really wanna see that. Yo, Mookie-San What? Stay black, err... Japanese.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Since when....

    by zastrow Tim Burton directing this?

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    This is such a steaming pile of shit.

    by REMcycle

    Fuckin' WB. I wonder if every shot of someone eating sushi will be replaced with shots of someone eating McNuggets.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Boycott the Akira movie.

    by KiCreativeStudio

    Plain and simple. This is just wrong. Asian people, you guys need to step up. There's "non-traditional" casting ,yes, and then there's racism. This is "yellowface". Wrong is wrong. I'll say this much if this was a movie where the original material was centered around African American culture, Hollywood would NEVER even think about trying to cast white people in roles centered meant specifically for black people.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Please don't cast Hedlund in this...

    by Frankenstache

    ...maybe it was just the material, but his acting in Tron Legacy was terrible -- this kind of shallow broodiness.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Don't Make This Movie You Pieces of Shit

    by Autodidact

    I won't ever watch it.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Oldman has more sense; this has train wreck written all over it

    by Grace_Panda

    If they are so desperate to make money from this property why not just re-release the original in 3D? Disney has already shown this is how you successfully cash in on old animated features, stick a new dub on it if you must but I guaranty it will do better business than this peace of shit.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Here's The Skinny On The New AKIRA:

    by ArmageddonProductions

    First off, it's set in "New Manhattan", not Neo-Tokyo. Secondly, Kaneda and "Travis" (formerly, "Tetsuo") are now brothers in their early thirties, with Kaneda being a drug pusher and "Travis" being a junkie. Third, this time, the rebels are fighting an evil, "OCP"-style corporation (timely, eh?) called "The Foundation", instead of the government. Fourth, the "Colonel" character is, in fact, the very British head of "The Foundation" and a villain. Fifth, Akira is actually going to be IN the movie, embodied by what I assume will be the only actual Asian in the film, a "creepy GRUDGE-style kid", singing "Frere Jaques" every time he shows up to do all the evil shit Tetsuo did in the cartoon (I'm not kidding). Finally, without giving away too much, let's just say the power of love makes sure everybody lives and defeats what I'm pretty sure will be a cut-rate version of the Tetsuo monster from the cartoon, then, sets up the two brothers to team up for an Akira beatdown in Part 2 (it's a trilogy). Sorry, guys. It's gonna be the exact movie you're afraid it will be.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Ain't White People Neat?

    by Doctor_Strangepork set in Neo-Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Akira might be the most over rated film I've ever seen 10 times

    by proevad

    It's not that good, but I always have it on in the background at parties so people think I'm hip.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Oldman + Hedlund on a bike = Nolan Copy?

    by Drath

    Tron Legacy felt like it was trying hard to evoke Nolan's Bat movies. The scenes of Sam on the bike at night, combined with Cillian Murphy's eery villain cameo and Bruce Boxlietner's resemblance to Rutger Hauer AND the orphaned rebel inheriting the big corporation really solidified that for me. So put Hedlund on a role that basically is all about him riding a futuristic motorcycle, and add Nolan's own Commish Gordon with Gary Oldman, and suddenly I'm getting a feeling they want you to think of The Dark Knight here. I don't know that that's a bad idea, I mean I think I'll enjoy that even if it doesn't hold a candle to the original movie for me. Certainly Dark Knight is the most any current western movie (ie, somewhere on Hollywood's profit-o-meter) even resembles Akira in tone and design. Years ago I'd have said Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (obviously) and David Fincher's Se7en were good models and they still are even though I doubt Hollywood would get that very well. Anyway, the movie will NOT be for Talkbackers, I am sure. I kind of wish they'd get Jensen Ackles instead of Hedlund though because he's got more presence and would, I think, be a stronger leading man. Also I hope they cast someone really intense for Tetsuo like Kyle Gallner from Beautiful Boy. Yeah, they're white, but I never expected anything else from a Hollywood adaptation.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by bill

    Gary Oldman as the Colonel? Yes. Oh God, please don't stop. Yes YES YEESSSSSS!!!!

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    but when will Brian Cox be cast?

    by poop

    The anticipation is killing me!

  • that Mr. Cronenberg might be the perfect director for a live action Akira. As long as he could channel some of the crazy gory body horror brilliance of his early films, and stuck close enough to the Akira story, it could be interesting. Overall though, I am not thrilled by the news of a remake of Akira. I mean, what's wrong with the anime? It is already a movie. Must everything be translated to live action with Americans and spoken in English? Has Hollywood forgotten that there is a thing called a book, and that it can be a great source to adapt from, especially considering that it is something that people haven't =seen= yet?

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by BILLY

    Forgive me for not remembering that actor's name. He looks like tetsuo.Big head.Intense.MAKE IT SO.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST


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  • Oct. 24, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Nice. Now lets get Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall in there too.

    by sweeneydave

    And give them all wands.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    There is no god damn way I'm going to see this...

    by kirttrik

    ...FUCK this, this is already worse than the WATCHMEN tragedy. Akira can only be done with a Japanese cast, it is a Japanese film. And from the director of HOUSE OF WAX. Just... FUCK YOU!

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    armageddonproductions, I hope you are joking.

    by kirttrik

    You could easily make a great live action trilogy based off the manga, but not like this. This is suits stealing culture from the geeks and then telling us nerds how it should really be done. FUCK this, and fuck mainstream Hollywood.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Gary Oldman

    by Jenna Coffee

    I think that will work. May need to bulk up a bit though.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    I loved the manga

    by Geektard_Smasher

    but the anime was a let down. They changed too many things that I liked about the comic. But I'm cool with them making the Japs into Yanks...althought that kind of fucks up the entire point of the film...

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  • Oct. 24, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    The whole idea makes me shit my pants

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Eve IF Oldman is in it and doesn't do the silly, stupid, over-the-top shit he did in Fifth Element, this will be a stupid movie. Japan should bomb us again for this future travesty. Or maybe they should just remake The Right Stuff with Japanese actors. Either idea is equally silly. Akira isn't Akira without the Japanese. They should change the name and just say it is based on Akira. Goddamn dumbfucks. Helena Bonham Carter used to be hot, and certainly worth a rape or two, but I'm not sure how she's hold out these days.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    by Joe Damiani

    The only character that *NEEDS* to stay Asian is Akira himself. The other characters I can live with as long as the personallities are kept intact and good actors are picked. If they turn Akira into Adam then I'll join in on the nerd rage

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  • Oct. 24, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Based in Neo-Manhattan....

    by Mars

    Its Neo-Tokyo you Xenophobic bastards! you know, Japaaaaan! Its a Japanese Mangashit, why do these ppl always wanna white-wash other cultures, that's racism at its worst. Just shows how stupid things are, WILL NOT WATCH.... oh and btw, Gary Oldman is better than this.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    This is outrageous

    by Keith

    Next they'll do a remake of "Infernal Affairs", cast non-Asian actors in that and set it in the USA. Or maybe the Japanese will remake something like "Ghost" or "Sideways" and put non-western actors in it! Everyone on earth is clearly a disgusting racist. We should all go home and hit ourselves with flails.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by wierdo27

    not really.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Fuck this country

    by GWARHOL

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Gary Oldman shoulda been the main guy Oldboy instead.

    by CodeName

  • Written by Kurtzman, Orci, Lindelof, and Diablo Cody. Produced by J.J. Abrams. Directed by Michael Bay.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Akira is quite Western in some ways...

    by ihatetalkbacks

    Akira is quite Western in that is prioritizes the individual over the group and there is little team work. Compare it to say Patlabor that is all about the team. Akira also has the break down of society and also the family as central themes, some thing western rather than Japanese. Hollywood always localizes films. From Ring and Infernal Affairs (Asian) to European films like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (in English and Nikita becoming The Assassin) to English films like Lady Killers - its even in English! That was made by 2 left wing Jews so it hardly seams like racism. ALso the original directors were going to be the black Hughs brothers. Akira can be updated, in fact it needs to be - it was set in a cold war era setting and that has to change. Geopolitics are very different now. Themes like terrorism, mass muder in the 1000s and also the fear of terrorism are all things that are prevelant in America now and could be used to contextualise the film. If they got this right it could be a new adaption like Blade Runner was to DO Androids Dream Of E;ectric Sheep. Lastly - if its Japanese should they not get "Japanese" actors not "asian" as they will have a better grasp of the cultural baggage that Akira has such as fear of the bomb? If you just want "slanted eyed yellow" Asians that is choosing for their look not their understanding and contextualization of the story - That is racist - choosing for a look not an actual contry of origin. It is like saying, "well get some Poles and Irish for that Russian Revolution film... they're all backwards Yurpeans ain't they?"

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    mr darcy well said...

    by ihatetalkbacks

    I may have reservations about this but i am cautiosly optomistic and do mot want tp jump on the hate train so early like the bottom feaders here..

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    just go direct to video

    by Saehild

    I just don't care, I want to move on

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    bad idea..

    by me

    wow i didnt not know that these actors where asian!! well that good to know i can pass on this turkey racist movie

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Just Say No

    by Relugus

    I suspect Oldman and HBC will turn it down. They may have been approached, don't mean they'll do it. Oldman is great in Nolan's Batman movies but I think he's better at playing mellow, subtle characters than bellicose types. Oldman made his name playing OTT roles but its his subtle character work in roles such as Gordon that show his real gifts as an actor. HBC I used to have a massive crush on and I feel that she peaked in the late 90s with stellar performances in Margaret's Museum, Portrait Chinois, Wings of the Dove, and Fight Club. Since she paired up with Burton she's become rather bland and conservative (the roles in Burton's movies don't challenge her much at all; she's at her best when pushing herself out of her comfort zone), not the bold actress I loved of the mid to late 90s. Like her great-uncle, Anthony "Puffin" Asquith, she's gone from the Pygmallion/Cottage on Dartmoor/Way to the Stars phase down to the VIPS and Yellow Rolls Royce phase. :-( There are some movies, novels, etc, that you can translate into a foreign culture and remain faithful, but AKIRA is not one of them. Its embedded in Japanese culture from head to toe, moving it to the US is just absurd. If Hollywood wants to make a movie inspired by the ideas in AKIRA, then cool, do that, just don't slap the AKIRA name on it, make something new. Oops I just said the dirtiest word in Hollywood, "new". Just as Bayformers takes the Transformers concept of sentient robots, shits all over it and replaces it with Hollywood tropes (cute non-speaking robots, pet robots, and soulless explodey mech warrior drones), so too will AKIRA remove the Japanese elements and replace them with Hollywood tropes. The suits in Hollywood insist on the old cliches being forced into everything. HBC's great grandad, Asquith (why doesn't she make a biopic of him? Could be cool), famously said "wait and see", but I don't think I have to wait and see to know this Akira "shitmake" will be a collossal steaming turd.

  • It will symbolize how the studios have stripped us of our ethnic identities to make us more homogenous for the masses to swallow.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    So those two are officially in everything now.

    by Mugato5150

  • And whats with all these Middle aged European actors in a story centered around teenaged Japanese kids? Since we are casting for maximum caucasian demographic coverage what role is Sam Jackson playing?

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  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Hedlund is fine; this casting sounds good.

    by bubcus

    I don't mind Garrett Hedlund. I do agree it'd be a little strange to have him in a motorcycle movie so close to his work in Tron: Legacy. Ah well. To be honest, I don't have a particular attachment to Akira. I was pretty young when I first watched it and it left me a little confused. I guess partly because I was coming off a Robotech rush and I found that the maturity and brutality of Akira just didn't work for me at that time.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Sam Jackson is playing a HUGE BLACK COCK

    by poop

    The story broke a few days ago with the release of that image where he's got a massive condom on his greasy head.

  • commin near you in 2013

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I'm not feeling conflicted about this at all

    by drewlicious

    Why anyone is outraged or suprised that they were going to Americanize this story is beyond me. I don't see anyone complaining about the Magnificent Seven. Not that I'm saying that Akira will be anywhere near as good but still.....It is an obvious cash grab but crying racism is going a bit too far. I'm more worried about hackneyed alterations to the plot instead of necessary ones. If one of the previous posters is accurate I'm too thrilled with the idea of Tetsuo as a drug addict. Apparently being an abused orphan just isn't enough for some people.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    As you guys are so ANTI I will go pro on this one

    by ihatetalkbacks

    I am to be honest sitting omn the fence but I would like it to happen. Why should they localise the film? The story needs updating it is 30 years old and needs the updates. Cold war, Japans economy and technology are all different now. Hollywood is not US film but international. It is not the US indipendent films that suck in international actors, directors and stroies, it is international Hollywood that is an international market. Other films that are very Japanese have been localised, that film about 7 smauri that save people called Seven Samuri got made ito that film about 7 cfowboys that save people called Magnificent Seven. Akira is quite Western in that it prioritises the individual over the group. Many of its themes are universal too. Look at the way it portrays society, government, technology, youth, friendship, love, revenge, redemption and corruption. If the story was more contempory it copuld have a bigger role for women - Lady Kihoyoko is all but eliminated in the cartoon, Kaori is nothing but a punch bag. Kai is the only female focus. As it will be set in AMerica thses factors could miorror or replace the thematic aspects of the original: 9/11, fear of 9/11 again, imigration, technological rampage, family disintigration, regional/state infighting, the sale of US assets to Japan/China, proxy wars and the weapons needed for them, private arms contractors making them, Tea party/religious zelotry, disintigration of the working class/manufacturing. There is a lot there that could be used.. and a lot that wont too. Akira is damned if it does and damned if it doesnt. If it is localised it is racist and moving from its source material, too close and it tried nothing new. If it changes its name its wrong, if it has one Japanese kid called Akira its lip service. If it was set in Japan people would say "Wah thats been done why did they have no imagination" What happened when The Thing (new version) mixed it up with a woman... every one here spat their dummy out and one (hated)person went off on some sexist frenzy. When the frankly lousy watchmen changed the monster to a Dr Manhatten machine every one blubbed like a kid here. That change was about the only film it got right as it was too fantastical for a film but just right for a post modern deconstruction comic book At university we had Akira as part of the animation module - no one knew what it was about except those that had seen it before. It needs to be localsised or else no one will understand it that is not familiar with it. Starship Troppers and Blade Runner are 2 films that deviate from their source material and do very well too. Both the comic, film and cartoon can co-exist. Is every one here afraid that they may have to share the experience with gasp the general public - you all sound like some basement versions of the hipster that say "well I prefered their first album... they went too mainstream after that" I hope there is more good casting news then some drip feading of decent design to get people on side... heres to hoping.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Great points, ihatetalkbacks

    by Relugus

    There's nothing wrong with drawing inspiration from a foreign work and making it into something new. There's a long history of cultures adapating stories from other cultures that goes back centuries. That's the key thing, for me. If it takes Akira and draws inspiration from it, and makes a totally new interpretation of the story in the US, then I'll be cool with that. What I fear is that Akira will be an uninspired adaptation which stuffs Hollywood tropes (such as the innevitable black gang member and the love conquers all) into the story. Given Warner Brothers attitude to female roles in movies I'm not hopeful that that element will be improved. You're spot on about Watchmen; the Dr. Manhattan machine made alot more sense than the squid. It made sense and tied into Manhattan's character arc rather neatly, shame Snyder undermined it by having Manhattan's reply to Veidt ("End? There is no end") reduced to a casual throw away line by other characters.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Oldman, Watchmen

    by Anthony Torchia

    Everything is better with Gary Oldman in it :) Re Watchmen, the Director's Cut fixed almost everything wrong with it, for me. When the first Night Owl dies, when the second Night Owl becomes a homicidal maniac, these key moments give the film profound meaning the theatrical version lacks. It changes it from just a bunch of stuff happening to a story of fulfillment and redemption. Seriously.

  • cast someone else with more edge, more personality like that dude who played Gambit

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST


    by Bobo_Vision

    "There's nothing wrong with drawing inspiration from a foreign work and making it into something new." <p> It's called Akira. It's as Japanese sounding as it can possibly get. That's the problem. There's a difference between drawing inspiration and remaking something which has clear cultural demarcations. If they are changing it and merely drawing inspiration, they should change the title, too. Otherwise, they are raping the original property and using that fanbase to profit from it while making something different in order to capitalize from a market that feels uncomfortable viewing something too "ethnic".

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Welp, it's obvious everyone is excited about this movie and CAN

    by gruemanlives

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    T WAIT to see it.

    by gruemanlives

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Oh, and it should be set in the 1800's in the desert.

    by gruemanlives

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Why should they change the title?

    by ihatetalkbacks

    Where has this come from? Starship troopers did not change its name. Aeon Flux did not change its name. The Thing (from Another World) did not change its name, just shortened it. Total Recall did not change its name. Why canit not have the same source name as that which inspired it? Why if they change the location can it not still have a small Japanese boy names Akira as the central pin that everything else is set about? Why can they not have another languages name as that which is otherworldly and mysterious, some thing that defies comprehension? Keep Akira and the small Japanese boy - he is hardly seen - keep him as "other" as he can be. Everything s binary here: This film will be great or crap. CGI is crap you MUST go practical on everything. Everything must change in Akira is it is not set in Japan. There can be varying degrees and sliding scales. Shades of gray. Each component of this film can be changed, altered or kept the same for different reasons.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Not a fan of Jap stuff

    by MaxHeadroom

    Don't the stilted art of Mangas and hate Japaname. It's all just formulaic junk.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST

    by ihatetalkbacks

    Of course a film company wants as many people to see a film - they are a company after all. Samuri are abouts as Japanese as it can get I think. They remade that. They kept the seven as there were seven of them but dropped the Samuri as they were gone... If this film has a Japanese kid in it I think they should keep the Akira bit of the title... maybe write it in English and drop the Japanese caligraphy... is that a decent compromise? And its good to see the "raping" quote come up now and again... get some perspective, this is a film. Rape is a brutal act committed on living people, not films.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I'll use the word rape whenever the fuck I want

    by Bobo_Vision

    Johnny Depp recently said that having to do photo shoots was like being raped, and he was forced to apologize by the hypersensitive crowd that doesn't understand what a metaphor is.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Or in that case...

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...a simile.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Remakes & Adaptations

    by Relugus

    Some good and bad examples: Pygmallion is IMHO vastly superior to the Hollywood tat My Fair Lady. MFL is a bastardisation of Pygmallion as far as I am concerned. Roxanne is not a patch on Cyrano De Bergerac, but its different enough, has its own merits, and is its own story without bastardising the source material. Magnificent Seven takes Seven Samurai as its inspiration, but rather than bastardising its source it creates its own, seprarate identity. Gus Van Sant's Psycho is so faithful to its source as to become utterly redundant and pathetic. La Femme Nikita became the mediocre Assassin. And so on and so forth. In order to do a good American "version" of AKIRA, it would be advisable to change the name, only use the basic concept, and build up ideas from that to create something new.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Name changing

    by Relugus

    Yeah, not entirely necessary, but if you're going to change the setting, it needs a new interpretation, otherwise its just a cheap port.

  • The Magnificent Seven was inspired by Seven Samurai, but I wouldn't call it a straight up remake. This live action AKIRA, whether it is a remake of the anime or adapted using the manga as the source, it doesn't matter. They are calling it AKIRA. They are publicizing it as a remake of AKIRA. If I go and produce another film of The War of the Worlds, and I title it The War of the Worlds... it is a remake/adaptation no matter what if the setting changes from England of 1897 to say the Los Angeles of 2011. Now then take Independence Day, which was inspired by such alien invasion stories such as The War of the Worlds but never would be considered an official remake or re-adaptation of The War of the Worlds. It took some concepts and ideas, and had a War of the Worlds homage at the end, but it was not War of the Worlds. It was Independence Day. Same thing with say Aliens and Starship Troopers, and then the video game Halo being inspired by both Aliens and Starship Troopers. Aliens and Halo are not Starship Troopers, even though both have references and ideas and concepts lifted directly from Starship Troopers. Otherwise they people that made both Aliens and Halo would have acquired the rights to Starship Troopers and made a sequel or spin-off or whatever. Now, you're scratching your head... why isn't The Magnificent Seven not a Seven Samurai remake. Because the context is changed silly. Changing it from being a Japanese made film about the samurai into an American Hollywood produced film about gunfighters in the old west is a pretty fucking big change of context if you ask me. The fact they were smart enough to not call it Seven Gunslingers or something like that, was brilliant. The people that made that film understood you can take inspiration, but not copy like it is some formula. Thing is that kind of Hollywood is long gone. That is why fans of AKIRA are going to be royally pissed if this remake uses the title of AKIRA and just routinely takes the same stuff and for example, instead of Neo Tokyo, it is Neo New York (or would that be Neo Neo York?). Or how about Neo Chicago? Ugh. It sounds stupid. Why? Because the original AKIRA already made Neo Tokyo sound cool and iconic. Neo [insert any other city besides Tokyo here] sounds stupid, and is right off the bat, a red flag that this remake is inauthentic. Same with the casting and ages and ethnicities of the actors that end up playing the various roles in a live action AKIRA. If a live action AKIRA absolutely must be made, then it really needs to be made in Japan, and must take place in [Neo] Tokyo with primarily a Japanese cast and crew at the helm. Maybe mix in an American or European character or two, but it needs to be in essence a Japanese film. What would people here say if someone in Japan remade a quintessential American film classic like Goodfellas, taking all of the same plot points and characters and names and just grafted it into a Japanese Yakuza setting but still called it Goodfellas and had Yakuza characters acting like Italian American mobsters? Not only would it stand a 98.9% chance of being stupid and pointless, unless it was some sick fucked up satire of American films, but people would be furiously outraged. Also, just because AKIRA is now a couple decades old doesn't mean it has LOST ALL RELEVANCY! Fuck me! Does that mean Blade Runner needs a remake because is must be irrelevant now, being that it was released in 1982? How about Apocalypse Now? Vietnam is all old farty now, we need Iraqalypse Now don't we? Or better yet, just take Apocalypse Now and set it in outer space, or how about a post apocalyptic future? Post Apocalypse Now. Brilliant!!!!!!!!! That is why I made the joke a several posts up above about Akira Kurosawa's DREAMS being redone by Hollywood. That is not only a Japanese film, but one that was personal as well. It was based on his dreams for fuck's sake. How much more personal does it get, than the subconscious? The sad thing is, I wouldn't put it past Hollywood to rape that one too in the way I jokingly described. Maybe in the remake they can add some zombies or vampires to the chapter titled The Tunnel? Or how about the chapter Mt. Fuji in Red being a Godzilla crossover? That sounds like a great cross IP franchise move that will set up the toy and video game crossover sales for maximum profit. If I were a coke-snorting studio exec, I'd be thinking =maybe I can buy that pink Porsche for my mistress, who is 20 years younger than myself by the way, after all?= So why all the nerd rage? Personally, I am sick and fucking tired of all this =everything must be remade to be all shiny and new in 3D= mentality that has taken parasitic hold of the film industry. Part of what makes going back to an old classic or cult classic film is that, for better or worse IT IS A PRODUCT OF ITS TIME. Yes, certain films don't age well at all, but most of the true classics are not needing of a Hollywood remake. In fact, a remake of such a film usually shits all over the original by acting like it is improving upon something already great and iconic. The whole point of a remake shouldn't be to just cash in, but to actually take an interesting but flawed film whose story and premise had potential, and make a better version of it. Like Logan's Run for example. A cheesy film that has an interesting sci-fi premise. Now that would make sense to hear of it being remade. But AKIRA? That is equivalent to Star Wars, Blade Runner, The Exorcist, or Jaws getting a =modernized= remake. It doesn't work. A film that has already made huge waves culturally, like AKIRA has, doesn't need nor deserve the disrespect of a cash-in remake. Of course, that is not how things go. It is all about the money and some ridiculous notion that any IP, no matter how obscure, will be a sure fire winner at the box office. But this just tears it! This AKIRA remake, just tears a big gaping stinking asshole in the fabric of cinematic spacetime!!!!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Why do people hate Helena Bonham Carter?

    by Jaka

    She's only been a great actress, like, forever, in everything she's ever done. And she's in a shit ton of great film geek movies, too. *shrug* Weird. Anyway, I'm still not terribly excited about this, but I'm more excited about it with them in it than I was before.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Roxanne was pretty good

    by Jaka

    I remember liking that movie back in the day. I was pretty young, though. Not sure I'd like it as much now.

  • =And so on and so forth. In order to do a good American "version" of AKIRA, it would be advisable to change the name, only use the basic concept, and build up ideas from that to create something new.= Yes. I agree. Just to illustrate this exact notion... I had an idea pop into my head about a month ago that would have made a pretty cool type of sci-fi/action film that would, to put it in generic Hollywood pitch terms, have been sort of like a cross between Godzilla and Akira. Basically, a giant monsters on the rampage film where the only thing that can stop them, ends up being several people with crazy and awesome telekinetic powers on the scale of something like the stuff seen at the climax of Akira. Now that idea would not necessarily be a ground-breaking film, but one inspired by giant monster movies and anime like Akira. It could be its own thing, however, and not trapped by being a remake of an already iconic film or anime. Of course, it would be silly for a nobody like myself to try and write something like that in the wake of recent Akira and Godzilla remake announcements, unless it was just for the fun of writing something insane and off the wall. Because if I did attempted to sell something like that, I'd be going up against the juggernaut that is the Hollywood remake factory. I'd be like a little old man standing naked holding his dick in front of Godzilla. The tiny old man would merely get eaten... or blasted to bits... or stepped on... or blown up by friendly fire from the military that is trying to kill Godzilla.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    racist ELITIST hollywood STILL

    by shogunshin

    once you realize who runs and therefore are the true racists in hollywood, you can see, that a black actor has a better chance at getting a job in good ole 'hollywood' than an IRISH or ITALIAN actor. because 'anyone' can play an irish or italian character. 'anyone.' but only an african american can play an african.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    of COURSE there are no asians

    by shogunshin

    in ALL of america, it is all about who you know and who your mother is. that is how the 'rich' get 'rich.' that is how so many 'talented' 5 feet tall 'action heroes' are cast. and that is how an ASIAN manga will be made into an 'american' movie. with lots of 'talented' actors who happened to have lucky 'mothers.'

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter, Akira, and the irreplaceable music

    by wierdo27

    when J K Rowling was approached by WB to make the movie versions of the Harry Potter books, she had a non-negotiable condition, which was that the cast was to be British. This is exactly why. If there is any blame to be had here, it lies with Young Magazine, and the selling of the rights to make the movie in America. Hollywood likes to tempt you with candy and lullabies while they fuck you from behind. But they don't care about that. And then there's the music. It's as important to this movie as the Superman or Star Wars scores were to those movies. But, then, it's all just business anyway.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Re: For Those Who Were Asking ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    That's the actual plot of the (first of three in the "trilogy") scripts that were circulating a year ago, plus the actual names, etc. Given that they're courting Oldman (the "Colonel" character is actually described as an "evil British guy" in the script), I'm pretty sure things haven't changed much, if at all, since then. The script's actually floating around online, or you can read a review here:</p><p>

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Αt least The King will make ALITA so nobody from HW

    by KilliK

    to fuck with that japanese property.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:37 a.m. CST


    by KilliK

    BE AMERICANIZED: YOU AMERICANS HAVENT BEEN NUKED TWICE LIKE THE JAPANESE. That's the core theme in that movie/anime: the nuclear bombing that Japan faced twice in its history and how those horrifyin events marked the Japanese people forever. FFS the goddamn anime starts with a huge NUCLEAR EXPLOSION (or similar) in TOKYO.If you cant take the hint then,when the fuck can you? Is the americanized fucking piece of shit AKIRA going to start with the nuclear explosion of New York? The nuclear explosion of Washington? The nuclear explosion of Los Angeles? ofc not.not after 9/11.especially not after 9/11. So what is going to be the core theme of the american faggotry AKIRA? angst teens riding bikes who fight drug trade and discover a dark conspiracy where a mad scientist is working with the US military in order to create the first super-heroes who are going to save the world from the arab terrorists? is this going to be the only main theme of YANKEERA? ps.fuck,i am starting to sound like Asimov.jesus.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:37 a.m. CST

    YANKEERA.coming near your american cinemas in 2012.

    by KilliK

    dont miss it.

  • The only reasons I can imagine they are casting white caucasians in this.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:02 a.m. CST

    YANKEERA sounds amazing killk

    by melonman

    But only if the gang's bikes are coloured red, white and blue, have flaming exhausts, all sunglasses have neon strips (nod to cyberpunk) and everyone's black (except the bad guy's who are obviously white Englsh or Canadian). And the opening cataclysm is a hurricane/tidal wave/flood. Obviously. Yankeera! Fuck yeah!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST

    such rage

    by ihatetalkbacks

    Well its going to be made. I may well go see it. It will be interesting to see what they get right and what they get wrong. After that i ay pop in the anime. At least i wont start foaming at the mouth or spout homophobic insults while trying to prove racism has occured. Nice double standards there. At least i wont use "rape" in my description of it like a child. Its good to see that people have different ideas once they are prompted into expressing an idea; it seams that some want a new version and some want a straight carbon copy... you would never know from the herd "this will be the suxor" "wah hollywood is racist" bullsh ttery that usually gets posted here..

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Re: killk

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Bingo. The script is actually one big pathetic 9/11 allegory. In case nobody gets the "subtlety" that runs rampant through it (the evil corporation basically uses Akira and Tetsuo like Dr. Manhattan, creating city-destroying monsters that they can then come in and defeat so they look like heroes), they pretty much sledgehammer it home with Akira's underground bunker, which is underneath a "memorial" to commemorate the original Manhattan's destruction: two huge beams of light shooting up from the middle of the city and a memorial wall with millions of victims' names etched on it. Like I said in my first post, everything that everybody is afraid will be in this movie is IN THIS MOVIE.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Wow, just when Japan was getting over Godzilla 1998.

    by OnO

    Now there fucking up Otomo's work. Next will be Ultraman played by Will Smith and Gamera as a pychotic child molesting super turtle that had a Rat raising him on Pizza voiced by Jack Black. Cowafuckingbunga you soulless turd whoppers.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Forget AKIRA: Go see "AMERIKIRA"

    by Jake Pantlin

    Why Hollywood insists on making pictures like this, I will never understand. Oh right... Hollywood is run by rascists who rape other cultures for ideas. Nevermind.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Hire Japanese Actors, but "REAL" Japanese Actors

    by Meta

    Not the wannabes from the Japanese Boy Band SMAP (who are now middle aged men). Hollywood thinks that they are the only 4 Japanese actors in Japan because the entire Japanese TV/Film casting system is controlled by one agent/manager who forces everyone to use them.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    OH GOD Please make it STOP

    by The Puma Man

    Hollywood is going to Basterdize this flick.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Steamboy is next. Looks like Hugo only with more action

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Casting Breakdown for Tetsuo and Ky

    by Danny

    This came through Breakdown Express. Looks like we can forget about "teenagers." [ TETSUO ] Male; any ethnicity, 20-25 years old; strung out, intense, street rat. (LEAD) [ KY ] Female; 20-30 years old; any ethnicity; tough, sexy, strong willed, street savvy. (LEAD)

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Sweet God I'm happy the Harry potter movies have stopped.

    by UltraTron

    No more ginger shitstain Ron Weasley stinkin up our movie screens ever again frankly. Unless of course someone is stupid enough to hire him. Hopefully the fuck made enough and will retire to obscurity

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Whoof. And no more shortest protagonist in film history.

    by UltraTron

    That was just grating as hell.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Forgot about willow

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    yeah, fuck white america

    by rebel299

    racist bastards adapting something to make it more palatable to the audience it's intended for. what's next? some japanese director adapting shakespeare into a japanese story?

  • make the american civil war into their own movie without the americans reacting against it?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by rebel299

    no. you can't. and not because it shouldn't be done but there are always going to be assholes and people just looking to complain.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    The Japanese should make a movie about OWS and call it...

    by Michael Lunney

    AKIRA, PART 2 - just to show us who's boss...

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Any news on what the title will be?

    by rahtard

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by Billy_D_Williams

    --racist bastards adapting something to make it more palatable to the audience it's intended for-- Uh, you mean the WORLDWIDE audience made up of mostly NON WHITE PEOPLE??? You do realize foreign box office has surpassed domestic box office right and thats what the studios use to balance their books? And that most of the world's population is made up of asians and blacks??? yes, you're an idiot.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Akira is pretty cut and dry. Other anime can be confusing however...

    by Damned if I can login relation to the nationalities of the characters. Although Akira doesn't apply to this comment, in a lot of the anime I've seen I can't quite figure out what nationality the characters are. Not that it matters, but I have been curious from time to time. Cowboy Beebop for instance. What nationality is Spike? Jett? Faye? Ed? I'm not sure myself. The same with Outlaw Star. I haven't a clue as to Gene's nationality. In some other anime productions, a character may have blonde hair & large round eyes, but their name is, for example, Yoshi -- which can be a bit confusing. But with Akira being clearly in Japan, no confusion whatsoever.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    =no. you can't.=

    by KilliK

    that's the point.regardless of how you put it.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    rebel299 (cont'd)

    by Billy_D_Williams

    you do realize that Hollywood (and all media) is in the business of white washing the planet right? How else do you explain whites being the primary race in most of the popular TV, film and video productions that get shown all over the planet, when this planet is mostly comprised of non whites who watch the stuff??? Caucasian people make up a small slice of the world's race, yet they control and are featured in most of the popular media. So no, it should not be called AKIRA and feature white actors! This is simply Hollywood at the car wash yet again and morons like yourself continuing to be brainwashed.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    rebel299...didn't mean to call you names, sorry

    by Billy_D_Williams

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    No need to apologize, billy_d_williams

    by Jake Pantlin

    rebel299 is talking out of his ass.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Actually blackactors are

    by ihatetalkbacks

    over represented in films. They do not have the leads though. It is interesting to see how many peripheral characters are black but will be incidental to the story or the first killed in a horror or war film. The few exceptions are actors like Will Smith that seem to transcend it. Asian and Hispanic is another matter. To say that Hollywood white washes is too simplistic.

  • The usual white leadership in the movies is not even ethnically diverse.90% of the movie leads are either white Americans,British,Australian or Canadian,South African or Jewish.You are not going to see in movie leads a white German or a white French,Italian,Greek,Swedish,Portuguese,Spanish,Russian and so on,unless they have been born and raised in USA or in CommonWealth in general. OFC there are exceptions: Arnold the most noticeable one,Banderas(with the help of his wife though) and a few others which i forget.But these exceptions are not enough to negate the fact that you got an australian to play THOR instead of a better fitted Swedish (Skarsgård) regardless of who acts better. Anyway.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    black actors are over-represented in films?

    by Billy_D_Williams

    i Kind of see your point, many black actors are relegated to jester type token roles...but to say they're over represented is nonsense. 90% of people with speaking roles in Hollywood films are white/'s probably closer to are blacks over represented in this absurd scenario when they swallow the white population with their numbers worldwide? I suppose it depends on the film. Most Hollywood movies are genre films these days...fantasy type scenarios, horror, thriller, action, event films, etc. In that environment, race is inconsequential since the entire scenario is fantasy to begin with. Hollywood wants to ground these films in realism per race selection for the speaking roles. But they end up casting the film 95% white, so how is this realistic? It's not, it's simply white washing and programming the public to accept it so that any complaints to the contrary will be shot down with "its what the public wants/is used to", when they programmed that very public in the first place. Hollywood really does nothing to change this ridiculous race paradigm because it's a closed loop problem.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    its like the alcoholic who will die if he stops drinking

    by Billy_D_Williams

    you get to a point where the very problem is whats keeping you alive Hollywood depends on their racial casting gymnastics because the public has been conditioned BY THEM to accept it and reject anything to the Hollywood says "we have to keep doing it, or we lose money"...they wont lose money if they do it carefully and over time, but they're really not. so to say they're whitewashing is not simplistic, they know exactly what they're doing (at the least the head honchos who own the studios outright).

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    killik...good point

    by Billy_D_Williams

    but the public doesn't really understand this...they dont know a Swede from a fucking German (my ex fiance is german and i've dated swedes before, and i'm a black i know the difference)...i basically break it down to white/black/hispanic because that's what the common people understand yes, Hollywood has this weird subdivision of acceptable white leads in films. It's not even as jewish based as it used to be. it's mostly androgynous/Abercrombie white males now, that weird hybrid shit (Beiber, Pattison, Lautner, and all the rest), hell the movie star era is coming to an end and instead Hollywood relies on flavor of the month white male sissy leads, waits until they start bombing and then moves on.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by Keith

    The shortest protagonists in movie history are played by Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. It's funny how few people actually identify correctly the real weak acting link in the Harry Potter movies: it's Emma Watson, but most fanboys are too busy wanking over her to notice she's a crap actress.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Green Akiras

    by animatronicmojo

    Green Akiras is the place for me. / Farm livin' is the life for me. / Land spreadin' out so far and wide / Keep Neo Manhattan, just give me that countryside. / New New York is where I'd rather stay. / I get allergic smelling hay. / I just adore a penthouse view. / Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue. / ...The chores. / ...The stores. / ...Fresh air. / ...Times Square / You are my wife. / Good bye, city life. / Green Akiras we are therrrrrrre!!! *bwomp*

  • Dammit all to hell!!!!!!

  • =Hollywood really does nothing to change this ridiculous race paradigm because it's a closed loop problem.= =you get to a point where the very problem is whats keeping you alive= They won't be able to ever get out of the sick cycle they are in now with everything having to be a sequel/remake/reboot/prequel/spin-off/etc... even adaptations now, instead of being something great, are usually turds that squander all =any complaints to the contrary will be shot down with "its what the public wants/is used to", when they programmed that very public in the first place.= Because as you said when talking about race casting issues, the same goes for the current remake trend... they have programmed the public to want more Transformers, more Batman, more superheros, etc... In terms of decent to large budgeted genre films, there are about only four directors in the entire world now that can push an original film through the system: Cameron, Spielberg, Nolan, and Blomkamp. Blomkamp only because he sort of goes outside the system and funds something like District 9 with money from independent investors, plus having Peter Jackson to help champion the project by helping to produce and raise funds probably helps a ton. Of course, he was somehow able to make District 9 look like a film that cost 80-100 million for only 30 million. Of course, those four directors are still on thin ice. If Blomkamp's Elysium fails, he'll probably have to take and assignment job (like he originally did with Halo) or go do another lower budgeted film along the lines of District 9. Maybe District 10? If The Dark Knight Rises were to become a box office dud (unlikely), then Nolan would be knocked down a few pegs, and would have trouble getting another original film like Inception off the ground. Cameron had phenomenal success with Avatar. The thing is, I wonder if he is boxed into the Avatar universe now? I suppose it doesn't matter for him, as he wants to make two more Avatar sequels, but unless he went to another studio than Fox, I'm sure he has a ton of pressure to pump out more Avatar. In fact, Rupert Murdoch announced the Avatar sequel before Cameron even officially committed to doing that as his next film. There is so much money to be made with Avatar 2 and 3. Spielberg is Spielberg. I'm sure he could get what he wanted greenlit. The thing with him is that he usually ends up adapting something anyways. Tin Tin. War Horse. Although, at least those are still something we haven't seen on the big screen yet. They haven't been adapted before. I suppose George Lucas with Red Tails counts too, but overall Lucas is so fixated on growing the Star Wars cash empire to galactic proportions that I don't really count him in the same company as the other directors that I mentioned.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I'm a loyal life long addict of Akira...both sources...

    by wacko3205

    ...& if Oldman is going to be portraying the General then I'd probably be in line to say that I'm a life long addict of the next Americanized Reimagining...or whatever. That being said...not sure about the Tron bwoy running the show...but then again...Akira was never about Akira or Kandeda for I hope to Christmas they pick a compelling Tetsuo. I still can't wait...either way.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Wow! WB really is white washing this with no shame

    by The Founder

  • I guess this guy wo sees this is from the future or something cause 95 percent of the roles in film and tv that are see a white actors.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    ihatetalkbacks has crafted a persona as a pompous snob

    by Bobo_Vision

    He acts as if he is above talkbacks and everyone here, yet chooses to spend his time here. He is trying to convey his inner nature as a douche. Mission accomplished.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Some thoughts...

    by Relugus

    I'll start with one of the most serious issues: Emma Watson has lost some of her wank-inducing power since she cropped her hair. If she grows her hair back it will come back, stronger than ever. HBC only has two Oscar nominations, while Kate Winslet has about 300, largely because the latter plays the Hollywood game. Oldman, too, is not one of those favoured Brit actors who gets Oscar nominated automatically. and HBC have always been somewhat outsiders, never on the inside track the way some of their contemporaries are. HBC's performances in Wings of the Dove, Fight Club, Margaret's Museum, and Portraits Chinois are her best. She's A+ in all of those. Oldman is of course a fantastic actor, often wasted in Hollywood movies which don't fully utilize his skills. Asian actors really do get the s*** sandwich. Whereas Hollywood makes sure to at least give black actors some token supporting roles at least, Asian's are pretty much ignored. Same is true in the UK, where its arguably worse, in the soaps you'll see blacks and asians of the brown variety, but Chinese and Thais, despite being very visible in the UK in real life, don't exist on TV screens. A writer trying to sell a script around Hollywood will likely make his story's protagonist a white Alpha male, because he knows if the main character is a woman or ethnic, it will be thrown in the reject bin. Its a vicious curcle; most lead roles are white males, thus writers and producers when making their movies and trying to get studio backing, make their characters white males, meaning the problem perpetuates itself. This is broadly how Hollywood works in terms of roles: Lead = White Alpha male Sidekick #1 = Black Guy Almost innevitable, the black guy is always a supporting character, and will commonly die at some point in the film. Sidekick #2 = Nerd (Nerd is often Asian, and is always Omega male, regardless of race will be portrayed as a joke and inferior to the "cool" male lead) Love Interest = White Female Women in Hollywood movies are often nothing more than extensions of the male lead. They, like the Black Guy, are often token, and whereas the black guy at least gets to do some things before dying, the woman often does nothing much at all.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Screen Writing Software

    by Relugus Hilarious. :)

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    @relugus that youtube link was awesome.tx for posting it.

    by KilliK

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    why do people want Japanese actors? It's in New York, morons!

    by chien_sale

    In fact they should call the movie "New York"

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Do New Yorker's really need to see it decimated AGAIN?

    by marineboy

    If it's set in NY, I'm appalled. It's a Japanese story. Set in Neo-Tokyo. Should be with a Japanese cast. People will watch it IF IT'S AS WELL MADE AS THE ANIME. Simple.

  • Sadly I fear so and it appears that Green Latern has taught Warner's nothing.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    The White W

    by Bent

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    washing of Akira

    by Bent

    As a huge fan of this Anime based off the manga i'm dissappointed as well that Hollywood has chosen this route. I'm sure that Asian actors in this country are furious as well. This is akin to not casting Bruce Lee in the tv series Kung Fu, because he was "too asian.." I don't understand, why in this day and age of digital effects, we couldnt' do this in a Japanese setting? I can only hope that Asian cinema will come out with their own live-action adaptation first. Yes, these are big names and great actors, but we could've stayed true to the source material... Hollywood, are you listening?

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    This was made 3 years ago...

    by Bent

  • Mr. Pot, calling Kettle on line 2 regarding Black name change. :-/

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Reading this talkback has left me with two conclusions:

    by Breotan

    1. Haters gonna hate. 2. Trolls gonna troll.