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AKIRA Production Stopped

Nordling here.

This is a case of what seems completely obvious to the fanbase may not be so obvious to the studio - Warner Brothers is shutting down production of AKIRA at this time, according to the Hollywood Reporter.  With Jaume Collet-Serra at the helm, it looks like he just couldn't make the movie at $90 million.  Sources say it's budgetary concerns, with the studio trying to bring it down to $70 million, and at least one source says it's the script, by Steve Kloves, that just isn't ready.

This shouldn't come as a shock to anyone who's ever seen the anime - AKIRA is huge spectacle and the last half-hour practically goes to the edge of the universe and back.  If they were sticking close to the cartoon, they would have to contend with a vast city being destroyed, a giant amoeba-like god in the middle of a stadium, satellites shooting lasers from the sky, and that's just the tip of the tentacle.  According to insiders, if they can't get these issues squared away the project could be shut down entirely.

I really did want to see an American take on the subject matter, but if they can't do it right, there's no point in doing it at all.  AKIRA is beloved by anime fans the world over, and a live-action film from America might not have held up to the incredible scrutiny that would have been plaed upon it.  Add to that a director who just did not seem right for a project of this scale, and I think this could very well have been a recipe for disaster.

So what do you think?  Bullet dodged for now?  Is this a movie you want to see someday, under the right conditions?

Nordling, out. 

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  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by MooseMalloy

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by drewby05


  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by SminkyPinky

    That is all.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Bullet dodged

    by spohlso

    It simply won't work. Leave it alone

  • We need Akira in neo tokyo japan!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    well...second first.

    by drewby05

    :( I agree with spohlso - let it be.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by sways

    Oh it's ok. I dodged the bullet and it hit the wall.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Thank God for That!

    by D o o d

    there was no way this was going to turn out good!

  • give me a fucking break.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I'd make it for 60 mil.

    by AshMcQ

    Seriously, it can be done. Just not in the typical hollywood fashion.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Thanks heavens.

    by Gabba-UK

    It was a fucking non starter to begin with. Christopher Nolan couldn't make this movie with a budget of 500 million. And they wanted to spend 70? Warner Bros are properly my favourite studio at the moment with the risks they like taking but if they figured it wasn't worth doing at all if they couldn't do it right then even more Kudos to them. This story is the very definition of un-filmable. Unless PIXAR fancied a crack at it as CGI...

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Ha ha! Suck on that, Kristen Stewart!

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    This was never a good idea in the first place.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Disaster aborted

    by Brazo

    A live-action Akira production is just something you cannot half-ass. It needed A-list cast and budget. Maybe someday with the right people behind it, it could go somewhere. But this particular iteration seemed like a bad idea from day one!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Given Hollywood's

    by romanxp47

    apparently inexhaustible capacity to utterly fuck up classic material ("Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is only one recent egregious example), best leave this one alone until someone with the required complements of intelligence, cojones, and juice decides to take it on. Meanwhile, if the concept keeps right on defeating the suits, that's probably the best we can hope for.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    More like God came down from heaven and stopped the bullets...

    by McDylbot

    What do you think Marvin?

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Everthing about this was starting to sound like poop...

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    The story sounded great, but it's always been Wachowski's or GTFO. Who that hell is that tool they were trying to get to direct it? Some up and comer who got lucky on the indy circuit. I'm still suffering from the anal raping i got from Dragonball Evolution. Hopefully they don't do what would be a major studios typical Hollywood move in this kind of situation... "Hey, lets get that Human Centipede 2 guy in on this. I bet he'll bring us something for 50 million and rewrite the script for free. We'll just hand it off to D. Cody for a polish before rolling cameras.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST


    by sways

    I'm pretty sure if someone gave me $60,000,000, I could make whatever the fuck film they wanted me to. <p> Pretty sure.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    a product of its time

    by sadclown

    Leave it there. I know we live in the age of unoriginal regurgitation, but it's nice when something like this fails. Stay dead.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    So relieved

    by Nuts

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    AKIRA does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I've never understood why AKIRA is held in such high regard. It has nicely detailed artwork but suffers, in my humble opinion, from the same issues that many anime / manga moves suffer from. Very poor plotting, and pre-pubescent protagonists with wafer thin characterization. My over-riding memory of it, is of a kid shouting while tarmac and rubble rips apart all around him. A lot of sound and fury, very little substance. I could be wrong. We've got a guy above in this tb saying AKIRA made him the man he is today...But I don't think it's as good a film as many seem to think it is.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Now please do the same for the Evil Dead remake please!!!!!!

    by Fritzlorrerains

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Steve Kloves...?

    by DrSherlockHouse

    You mean Steve Kloves? Or does he have a brother I don't know about also attached to this project. Sorry, don't mean to be the snarky guy, just figure give credit where credit is due...even if it's damning credit. :)

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by Daniel

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Here's how you make AKIRA for 60 million.

    by irc-Hollywood

    hire Duncan Jones.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by Particularly Hard Vato

    I want one. that would be cool.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    David Kloves? Isn't Steve Kloves?

    by Dharma4

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    That's kind of sloppy journalism, guys.

    by Dharma4


  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Thank Fucking God

    by NeonFrisbee

    KILL this. Just end it.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by KilliK


  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    =and that's just the tip of the tentacle. =

    by KilliK

    haha,i see what you did there.

  • FUCK NO.i prefer an Evil Dead remake with a junkie chick fighting deadites while in her menstruation period,than an americanized low-budget Akira created by hacks.

  • Yeah it's a found footage movie, but it really had a low budget Akira vibe. Right down to the confrontation of the one telekinetic kid and a small army of cops. If I was a studio exec I'd be asking why we are going to spend $90 million on a movie someone else just did for a fraction of that amount.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Budget was the least of this projects troubles

    by -Halfscan-

    White washing the story and casting old men as teenagers were my biggest concerns.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    Alas AMERIKIRA we barely Knew thee!

    by Grace_Panda

    However, this is indeed genuinely good news!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    Now it will be a direct-to-DVD Bulgarian masterpiece.

    by Pixelsmack

    Mark my words.... *sigh*

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    No matter what about this project...

    by aphextwin

    I want Chris Cunningham to be a creative consultant on this one!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Blomkamp could do it for $70 million.

    by Shermdawg

    Dude knows how to make good with a small budget.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    uh oh...not dead completely according to

    by sadclown

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST


    by UGG

    My favorite movie, book and soundtrack was/is heading down the wrong path under Warner's control. I believe it CAN be done with a mixed cast and if need's be IN Manhattan, but as someone above said it's going to take someone with enough clout in Hollywood like Cameron to do this right. Shit, I'd do it but I really want my first movie to be my live action UROTSUKIDOJI adaption..

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by Jason Peacock

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Get that guy who made Monsters for $5000

    by UGG

    I wasn't a fan of the movie tbh but if that's what he can supposedly do on his laptop with 5Gs I'm sure he can figure a way how to do this. That Chronicles look's like it has a few ideas and images lifted from Akira and it is probably a lot cheaper I wanted to like it but I'm not sold on the found footage side and the guys in the trailer annoyed me. Trollhunter was the only good found footage film I can remember seeing.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Thank God.

    by shutupfanboy

    At least we can breathe a sigh of relief.

  • FUCK THAT CLOWN. !!! i am still waiting for my Alita movie. :/

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    best news ive heard all day....

    by clockworksrevenge

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Production stopped because..

    by professor murder

    ..they want to renegotiate with Keanu Reeves and get him back on again. ha

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by PotSmokinAlien

    This would have been a colossal waste of everyone's time.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Don't like this Jap stuff, anyway

    by MaxHeadroom

    Me, I hate Anima. The stories are simple-minded, the art is repetitive, the characters are so boringly formulaic... it's just crap.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    screw akira, make cowboy bebop.

    by HaterofCrap

  • Cameron as much as I love some of his work he was more of an example someone who could maybe reign this thing together, but then again he hasn't helped At The Mountains Of Madness., or Alita! In fact I'd rather have someone else do Akira. Blomkamp is an obvious contender, Duncan Jones I dig. Even Nolan or Ridley could have ago, but I'd rather see some wild card like Gilliam, Lynch, maybe Cronenberg and there's a few more I can't remember the names off at the minute. Shit if I had the wishes it'd be the original Otomo scripting with both Takeshi Kitano and Werner Herzog at the helm.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by Ricardo

    For fuck sake!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    It definitely needs the right kind of director...

    by Kabrix

    Mathew Vaughn might have fun with this. It's hard to tell.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    martinlandaucalrissian I hate "Anima" too

    by UGG

    I mean the expressions of the unconscious or true inner self of an individual has no place in any organized society, Men who find expression as a feminine inner personality? Disgusting!

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  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    I want to fuck the Tot Mom

    by Roger Moon

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    There was no point to this

    by PorkChopXpress

    Akira is a classic, it already exists, you can watch the anime...there is no reason to re-make it in a vastly more limited live action flavor. Someone finally got some sense into their heads at the studio.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Grown ups like ugg

    by MaxHeadroom

    Grown ups like ugg that spend all their free time watching cartoons... now THAT is where it's at! Yeah. Who needs literature when we have CARTOONS, MAN!?

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by UGG

    Truth be told I only really like 4-5 Anime/Manga's myself, I'm not a huge fan and a lot of them are shit. ;)

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Great news whatever the reason.

    by ClayMatthews

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Who said I was a grown up by the way?

    by UGG

    As I said I'm not a big fan really but the one's I do like are some of the greatest things I've read or seen. And that's why Hollywood has been ripping them off since the 90's.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    YES!!! Best news of the year so far!

    by GravyAkira

    This was on the verge of being a total shitfest. Akira needs 100 million and a Tokyo setting to even come close to the original classic. And a better cast and crew. Great news!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Cut out the fucking Craft Service!

    by mav07

    Seriously, I've worked on films before and I could not believe how much they spend on the fucking craft service. Jesus Christ people, do you really need 37 different types of candy on set at ALL TIMES??? And don't give me that shit about "we need it to keep our energy levels up." Go Fuck yourselves. Name one other job on the planet that demands round-the-clock sour patch kids and gummy bears to get the job done. Fuck I fucking hate the idiots in Hollywood. And don't even get me started on the Vegan pricks who require "special meals."

  • Should it? Maybe not. But maybe this will save it for when it can be done right.

  • Does that mean I'm an idiot?

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    The only 3 people on earth who can make a GOOD AKIRA movie are...

    by GravyAkira

    Me. David Fincher. James Cameron. And maybe Christopher Nolan.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST

    =Does that mean I'm an idiot? =

    by KilliK


  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Wow thats so sad....

    by Brian find out you've just been...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................coxxed!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Huge spectacle ... isn't that what cgi is for?

    by ReportAbuse

    It's not that hard to do giant amoebas and satellites shooting lasers with cgi. Maybe just do an updated all-cgi version (a la Final Fantasy) in 3D.

  • Because that's what the suits think the disposable income teens want. Starring Justin Bieber as Tetsuo. Co-starring Zach Backdoor Boy as Kaneda. You know you want it. You know you would pay to see it. Just to come here to the Talkbacks and Bitch about how Cameron could have done it better.

  • If they believed in the project, they would be throwing money at it. They just came to terms what everyone else has known from jump: it's just not a good idea.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I liked Appleseed better

    by Fremen

    than Akira. Wish they'd do that.

  • And to those that hate Anime movies, try watching a series. The series are more fleshed out and are worth watching (although tons are horrible) than the movies.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    There HAVE been "Akira Motorcycles" manufactured.

    by Royston Lodge

    Not mass-produced, but custom shops HAVE taken a crack at it:

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Gimme a live-action Robotech, please ...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... and it better include the shower scene with a nude Minmei!!!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Yes, better to shut this down than to do AKIRA half-assed.

    by justmyluck

    You would need to adapt the Manga, completely re-work and thoroughly overhaul it for Occidental sensibilities - while still having the edge of animé for stylistic recognition. Anything else would be sub-par to what Otomo did in 1988. Obviously, that would cost any studio *a load of dough*.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Never heard of it.



  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    They said Dark Tower couldn't be made, either!

    by Bill Clay

    Oh, wait...

  • After all, he didn't fuck up Starship Troopers at all.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    There IS a God!

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Fucking A!!!!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST

    The Akira anime was awful

    by glue

    Seriously seriously awful.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Man, that's a relief!

    by Yelsaeb

    They shouldn't have even tried making it in the first place.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    But it won't stay dead for long...

    by elgato73

    Fucking project will be back up and running again in another six or so months. This fucking project is like a Goddamn zombie. You can't shoot it in the fucking chest or blow off a limb or two. You've got to go for the head. It's the only way.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Remember that Dragon Ball movie from a few years ago?

    by sunwukong86

    There's no way any anime adaptation can be worse than that piece of shit.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    only one director could bring it in for 70 mil

    by unclejoe

    milke i want hollywood to go and kiss his ass

  • which can be easily adapted and americanized into huge blockbuster events for the worldwide audience,while not deviating a lot from the source material but nothing has been done yet. I am talking about Robotech and Cowboy Bebop. Space combats with jet fighters which transform into robots,love triangles,cool ala Top Gun pilots, giant badass aliens which get conquered by love and the love songs of a pop singer,epic galactic war and the destruction of Eart,a badass spaceship turned into a gigantic weapon and ofc the novice pilot who becomes the hero of the war.what else do you want for an all-american blockbuster movie with cool VFX.badass action,pop soundtrack and love baits for all the moviegoer demographic? Similar things apply for Bebop.The whole anime is heavily based on pop culture,mainly american and asian while being a genre amalgam of western,martial arts,scifi,hardboiled crime fiction,etc You have an ultra cool character with a mysterious past who is accompanied by a badass old dog bounty hounter,an insanely hot femme fatale who walks the line between the law and lawlessness and lastly a genius but eccentric androgynous female hacker with a cute dog. They work together as space bounty hunters,they have a badass spaceship and they find themselves frequently involved with dangerous,mysterious and thrilling adventures throughout the galaxy,with their unknown and dark pasts eventually catching up with them. In other words you have a rich universe with cool characters and their established pasts,which can be explored and used to make an interesting story which can involve crime,drama,mystery,love,humor,horror and ofc badass action and ultra cool VFX.what more do you want from a HW blockbuster? There is ofc GITS but that can only be made into a smaller but intelligent scifi film which can only be appreciated by the geeks.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST


    by poop

    I heard he was asking way too much for the role of Tetsuo. so they canned the whole project. He's the only man on earth who could play that role.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST

    And you fuckers said there is No God...

    by conspiracy

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST a World where Human Centipede 2 gets made...

    by conspiracy

    don't count on this stayin dead.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Yakitate! already has Brad Pitt and a green message

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    tinyurl 79tomen It's not just about bread

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST


    by MainMan2001

    Also one of the best movies in the 80s. I was curious to see what the Hughes Brother were gonna do but when they dropped out I lost interest.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST

    It's just as well, it would be hate no matter what

    by eveelcapitalist

    By that I mean whatever they did would be eviscerated by the fanboys whose biggest concern is that it be set in Japan with Japanese actors (nevermind that they'd all be speaking English). My opinion is that since it's about post apocalyptic gang bangers, the movie should star black and hispanic actors. Will Smith's son needs a job, right? Anyway, doing this story for $70,000,000 bucks? Forget it. It would look like trash. Or the Dragonball Z movie. It's a big, fairly epic story and you don't want to scrimp. So, yes, very glad they stopped production. I think it would merely serve to poison an already excellent b-movie. At this point, wouldn't it be easier to release the original Akira in theaters for a limited run? Cause that would be really cool.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Thank you God. I will now believe in you.

    by kirttrik

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    I'd like to see it big budget WETA production w/ Japanese cast

    by kirttrik

    It's fuck'n Neo-Tokyo, not Neo-New York or, when translated... New-New York.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    HALLELUJAH! My prayers were answered...

    by blue meanie

    I hope they never make a live action AKIRA ever. Otomo has had a bad string of bad luck with movies lately (Steamboy was a clunker), and all he needs is a bad American adaption of the CLASSIC anime movie that made him famous. Thankfully, it's now stopped in it's tracks. There should be NO live action movie made from an Anime ever, especially Macross and Evangelion.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Japan has suffered enough.

    by Nerfee

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Yay! Now go come up with an original fucking idea.

    by ar42

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 2:42 a.m. CST

    I hate to say it...

    by Mace Tofu

    but Michael Bay would make a great AKRIA film. James Cameron would too. Those are the only guys in Hollywood with the balls to do it right. Half-ass just won't cut it with a classic. And this is cool news : )

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 3:01 a.m. CST

    =but Michael Bay would make a great AKIRA film=

    by KilliK

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Michael Bay is such a horrendous lapdog director,that he would probably replace Akira with cameos of Shakira singing her new album and booty dancing.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 3:18 a.m. CST



    Would be a nice 2nd choice the James Cameron. Anyone else will likely fuck it up.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Nordling, sorry but you're wrong.

    by kim

    Well, I'll admit that 70 millions dollars is not enough money to make AKIRA the way it should be done. But what you say about Jaume Collet-Serra that isn't the right director I couldn't disagree more with you. ¿Do you remenber the climax in "The house of wax"? It was superb! And "Unknow" has some holes in the script, but is was very well directed. And the same goes for "The orphan". You give to Mr. Collet-Serra the money that James Cameron has in all his films and a good script and he'll do a great masterpiece, that's for sure. He's a good professional. But to be fair, I didn't like the movie "Goal". The music was awful, the acting wasn't good enough, and the script was horrible and plenty of topics. But, hey! Spielberg has his "Hooks" and "Amistad". And Sir Ridley Scoot has his "White squall" and "G.I. Jane"... and I could go on... Give the guy a chance!!!

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 4:29 a.m. CST


    by Iowa Snot Client

    Now please leave Cowboy Bebop alone.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Good, the entire idea of an American version was DOA anyway.

    by Stalkeye

    Now a Robotech Movie would seem more suitable for the U.S. than "Amerikira". Us Westerners love transforming Jets after all. (0:'

  • Geek minds think alike?

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 6:07 a.m. CST

    THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO cost 90 million to make

    by Spandau Belly

    And that movie was just people standing around talking indoors.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 7:09 a.m. CST

    I don't understand how...

    by ColloquiallyBorn

    ... they were able to make that Pochahontas movie.. sorry.. Avatar movie work in full blown 98% CGI and not be able to make Akira..

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST

    spandau belly

    by proevad

    Yeah, wtf. How much did Zaillian, Fincher, and Craig get paid? Jeebus. Sure didn't see that money on the screen unless the whole thing was really shot in the Sahara desert and the snow was shipped in on trucks.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Tuff break guys!

    by Gore_monkey

    Better luck next time fellas, but Katsuhiro made him his money LOL...........

  • Will he be voicing again, because that's the only way I'll watch this at all.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Don't forget it all comes from a manga in first!

    by Sébastien Naeco

    If Akira is known worldwide for its animation adaptation, it first shape is a manga and for those, like me, who know in depth the original material, there is NO WAY the story can be located somewhere else than in Japan. So this movie adaptation sucks since the very beginning and all the core intelligence and core message within the books can only be appreciated with the WWII Japanese Background and the specific memory upon the atomic chaos. The American version of Akira can only be a proof of insulting Japanese and steal them one of the most wonderful jewel produced in reaction of Hiroshima bombing. I don't see any respect in that, any relevant and honest intention, only pathetic attempt to make money. I'm so glad this project is again on hold...

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    AKIRA is way over rated anyway.

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    They could make this for 90 mil any day. What's the problem? Is the source material is considered too good to be changed so that the US audience will enjoy it? Make the movie already.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Thank. God.

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    That's it.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    UNKNOWNS, you fools. UN. KNOWNS.

    by venvariants

    Listen, Exectutives. The secret to this film is easy. Budget spent on FX, not on name stars. Never mind Keanu and other actors above age 17 - just get some fresh faces for cheap and put the money into the scope of the goddamned thing. Oh - and get a good writer and pay them what you would Ralph Fiennes or whoever else you'd want to play a teenager...

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    After watching Fast Five, I'd say that Justin Lin

    by seagrass

    would have been perfect to direct Akira. On a side not, he also could easily blow Michael Bay out of the water if they had him direct the next Transformers flick.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Ugh, side note

    by seagrass

    It's 2012 - can we get an edit function, puh-leez?

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    Or was it stopped because...

    by v3d

    The Vatican did not endorse this film.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Hopefully we will see some movement on TRON 3 now this has stiffed.

    by Lord Albion

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    FUCK Warner Bros and there 56-day DVD/BR delay bullshit

    by Lamerz

    I wish they had put Akira out and it flopped HARD.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    A work of art just isn't a work of art...

    by Bongwater

    ...until an American movie is made from it.

  • District 9 cost 30 million, give him 90 million and let him make an Akira movie, now that would be something. Still, this project is just doomed, no way is America going to make a film that violent, epic and crazy. Why would you want to see America do this?That makes no sense, Akira is so part of Japan and their history that it only works with Japan.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    I'll be boycotting all Warner DVD/BR releases

    by Lamerz

    ... with the exception of TDKR if it's as good as I am expecting. Otherwise, FUCK THAT. WB - You think you are going to throw your weight around against the consumer? Your movies are not necessities. Hell, they aren't even drugs, so there's no addiction to feed. Consumers have the power, WB. Media sales will only go further in the tank when you pull bullshit like this. Burn in hell, WB.

  • And one lower-echelon peon raises his hand in the back of the room and says, "Uh, but, what if it sucks?". This throws the room into disarray as people start arguing and storming out, and said peon gets a piercing look from his boss, who promptly drags him into his office for an ass-chewing. But after that day, his opinion is a little more respected around the studio.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by rbottoms

    Yes, I for one wanted to see an all white version of a purely Japanese epic. Maybe they can do a remake of Malcom X starring Louis C.K instead?

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by Nonoche

    I believe that is a typo

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    The problem with a live-action Robotech movie...

    by Royston Lodge the way the licensing and copyright clusterfuck surrounding that property would require such a drastic rewrite of the basic story that it really wouldn't be a Robotech movie anymore.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Neo Tokyo..... Silent Moebius....

    by Han Cholo

    I've never seen Akira but I did see Silent Moebius. Thought it was crap but the anime nudity was cool... But yeah, just keep Akira as an anime or redo it in CGI if there NEEDS to be a remake. This is not a production that can be filmed with a low budget nor should something as beloved as this be done by American studios. They'll just screw it up like they do everything else.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Akira was one of the best Sci Fi movies of its time

    by Ebixby

    and it still is way ahead of most sci fi films..... You need to see it with the proper subtitles, or newer dubbing in order to fully enjoy how well done it is... The animation alone is still a milestone. Anybody who can't see how awesome that movie is... well they are small minded, tasteless assclowns.. the american version would have sucked worse than the godzilla remake.... Hollywood just doesnt get it..

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    another thing

    by Ebixby

    A person whow watches Akira today for the first time will only be bored or underwhelmed because of one reason... THIS MOVIE HAS BEEN RIPPED OFF SO MANY TIMES BY EVERY MEDIUM....... The first time I ever saw a motorcyle skid sideways was when i saw this movie... Every movie now uses the same skid and same shot... that's just the tip of the iceberg...

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    OH and the Kaneda kick on the motorcycle

    by Ebixby

    How many times has that shot been ripped off?

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    why not just re-release the original?

    by Grace_Panda

    Converted to 3D like Disney have successfully done with some of their back catalog, Hell, even slap a new dub on it with bankable names if you must.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    There is a god.

    by Playkins

    Amen. This abomination should never see the light of day. Absolute heresy. This is the only time I will ever say this, but I will never, EVER see an Americanized version of this movie. Japanese cast, Asian city setting, maybe.

  • Speaking of Robotech, I nabbed a copy of the full DVD set during a holiday sale a few weeks ago. I am really excited to dive into it after not seeing any Robotech since at least a decade ago (maybe more). You're right though. Robotech has tons of ingredients in its DNA that would not only be much easier to translate to live action and into a traditional Hollywood blockbuster, but these elements (pop singers, fighter pilots, space war with aliens, everyman heroes, love stories) would be much easier to sell to the general audience in a big budget summer tentpole or big December popcorn sci-fi epic. Also, PG-13 should be no problem for Robotech as opposed to something like Akira or Prometheus or The Terminator, all of which started out in R-rated territory and were neutered to fit into the more safe and profitable PG-13 playground that Hollywood loves to go to with seemingly all their movies nowadays. Same with Cowboy Bebop to some extent. Filled with fun and marketable elements that if executed well, could make a great sci-fi/crime/action film. It also wouldn't need to be R. It could work as an R, being about criminal elements and stuff, but it wouldn't need to be presented that way. I don't see any problem with Bebop being rated PG-13 if it ever gets made into a live action film. Last I heard was that they were reworking the script for the live action Robotech, and Cowboy Bebop had Keanu Reeves attached. It has been at least a year or two since that news broke. I suppose Hollywood thinks they'd be too expensive to produce, since we haven't heard diddly squat about either project between now and then. The funny thing about both Robotech and Cowboy Bebop that isn't really apparent with Akira, is that both would be able to hold sequels if the first film were successful. Especially Robotech, as that one will probably need more than a single film to properly tell the story. Bebop though would also have the ability to morph in to a franchise too. There is no way they can adapt all of the episodes of Cowboy Bebop into one single film. So right there, two anime properties that make so much sense as big budget live action films, yet no word or momentum on either, while we've had Akira news off and on for the past couple years. I suppose Akira is the better known of the three anime sagas. Thing is, I bet most people that know what Akira is and actually give a shit about it, would also have seen or at the very least be aware of both Robotech and Cowboy Bebop, and would be interested in checking out either one of those two as well. Bottom line is that Akira is not really that known by the average audience member compared to most of the stuff Hollywood deems known and marketable IP. Akira is pretty much an underground obscure beret-wearing beat poet weirdo compared to most of the stuff that is considered a known property in today's mainstream. Example: I can ask my mom, grandma, uncle, boss at work, or a complete stranger at the supermarket, etc... what Halo, Harry Potter, Twilight, Batman, Superman, The Hobbit, or the Transformers are, and they'll know at least in a vague way what I am talking about. Ask them about Akira, and they wouldn't have a goddamn clue. So why is Akira lauded as this potentially great profitable new IP that Hollywood wants to throw out there and hope sticks the landing as a franchise.? And should Akira even aspire to being a big budget Hollywood franchise (let's face it, if it were made an successful, they'd want sequels/prequels)? I suppose there is material in the manga that had to be condensed or cut for the anime of Akira, but still, a franchise or Akira II, Akira III, and Akira Zero, or Akira 0 (gotta have a prequel in there), all that just seems completely wrong for a story like Akira, whether we are talking anime or live action style. I guess for me, a live action Akira never made sense, and I am glad they are not going ahead with it. I just hope that it wouldn't kill the chances of any other animes, ones that do make sense as a live action film like Robotech and Cowboy Bebop, from being adapted. As for Ghost in the Shell, I feel the same about that one as I do Akira. I hope that Hollywood leaves it alone. They wouldn't be able to do it right (see Aeon Flux, which was interesting in and of itself, but the Charlize Theron one wasn't the Aeon Flux that Peter Chung created). A Hollywood version would taint the two anime GitS films and the cool series that we already have. Now, a proper mindfuck of a cutting edge anime feature length Ghost in the Shell 3 directed by Mamoru Oshii, that'd be great. I'd even be open to another GitS videogame (I remember there being one on the Playstation or maybe it was PS2). As long as the game kept the proper anime art style and was intelligent and not just a corridor shooter or formulaic Call of Duty type of shooter, it could be cool. Although, with the recent Deus Ex: Human Revolution, that might be the best way to get a similar type of cyberpunk experience on game consoles/PC, that approximates the future world of Ghost in the Shell. So while no Ghost in the Shell live action from Hollywood, what about Appleseed? That could certainly work as an effects heavy, live action sci-fi/action film. Also, I wonder if WETA is still planning on doing anything with the live action Neon Genesis Evangelion? Maybe after The Hobbit two-parter makes a couple billion at the box office, then they'll have the clout to do a more risky mega budget project like Evangelion? You all know that all it will take is the first anime-to-big-budget-live-action adaptation that makes bank to open the floodgates and possibly turn anime into the next Hollywood IP source jackpot like we saw during the last decade with all the comic book and superhero movies.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    ^ mistake, Prometheus might not be PG-13

    by lv_426

    I assumed it would be in the above post, but maybe we'll actually get an R? Probably will be PG-13, but we don't know for sure just yet.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by Tom Fremgen

    I never got all the love for Akira. Great animation mind you, but as a story pretty darn boring and all the characters a jerks who belong in jail. Cyber-punks are still just loser punks :p

  • Poor kid...has to go around with that stupid name. Maybe when he gets old enough he'll put a bullet in his father's fat head.

  • All three original series; Macross, Sothern Cross and Mospaeda was handled via Tatsunoko Studios which were condensed into a whole new storyline in the us just to meet the 65 episode criteria when it came to syndication. Thus Robotech was born. If Harmony Gold/Tatsunoko was gracious to allow an orginal Robotech Animated film to get developed such as the New Generation OVA years ago, I can't see a problem with a live action treatment. Oh, and wasnt Tobey Mcgruire working on a Live action Robotech film BTW?

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Worst American Anime based film goes to Dragonball!

    by Stalkeye

    Fucking makes the Guyver Movies look like Alien in comparison. Didnt bother to finish the rest of said film, I was tortured enough.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Now Silent Mobius, I can see a great adaptation of that Anime.

    by Stalkeye

    Normally I would have suggested Zac Snyder, but after witnessing the suck ass Sucker Punch........NYYYYAAAAHHH!

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    RE: "One less mindss festival of violence and tentacles rape. "

    by Stalkeye

    On the contrary, Akira had no scenes of tentacle rape,(Unless you mistaken Akira for Urotsukidoji.) obviouslly you're either trolling or dont know what you are talking about.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by craptacular

    Now somebody make them shut down production on the retarded ginger version of The Dark Tower.

  • I don't think the theme to take away from ALIEN would be that it was about rape specifically. If you look at the first three ALIEN films, they form a nice trilogy whose thematic arc seems to be about birth, life, and death. Obviously, there is more to those films than just that, but that thematic transformation is definitely there throughout the first three films. I guess in that sense the fourth film fits in too with the notion of resurrection, but I personally thought it didn't need that theme tacked onto the first three's arc.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

    FUCK.i wonder how a live action adaptation of that film directed by Angelina Jolie would look like.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    lisab....have you ever had consensual sex?

    by DangerDave

    not everything is about rape...... ok, maybe it is, because I am now thinking that everything is about rape.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    @lisab there was no tentacles rape in Akira

    by KilliK

    Tetsuo's body was mutating and he couldnt control it.he unintentionally absorbed his girlfriend and crushed her with his growing flesh. There was a rape scene but that happened in the middle of the movie with the rival gang.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Great, a bigot with a womens' studies degree

    by Chief Joseph

    Just what this TB needs.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Akira is pretty misogynist.

    by frank

    Nobody in that movie gave a damn about Kaori, iirc. It seems like she was hardly even mentioned again after she died, though I haven’t seen it in a long time so I may be misremembering. Nobody seemed to care much when she was sexually assaulted earlier on, either. I agree with lisab that that is a common element of anime, and Japanese culture in general. I disagree that that in itself makes it a bad movie, though. Just reflective of a culture. I still think it is awesome, and I’m glad they aren’t making the American version.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Thank FUCK for that!

    by marineboy

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    AKIRA is possibly the finest hand-drawn animation of all time

    by Autodidact

    I'd put it up any of the best stuff from Disney or Ghibli.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Tentacle sex has been a part of Japanese culture since at least 1814.

    by Royston Lodge

    I'm just sayin'...

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    lisab: Maybe it's a horror movie.

    by Royston Lodge

  • Both featuring tentacle rape of a helpless female character. AKIRA and Evil Dead. Well, tree branch rape in the case of Evil Dead. Plus, Ash is pretty old fashioned in his view and treatment of women in the Evil Dead films, especially Army of Darkness. OMG! We're all a bunch of misogynist arseholes! Cue genderbender...

  • I mean, the penis is tentacle-like. Or better yet, serpent-like. Serpent...? Leviathan, the serpent in Eden? The Garden of Eden... Corruption of Eve with the Tree of Knowledge. Maybe that is a subplot of Prometheus?

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST

    hollywood's elitism and racism

    by shogunshin

    im glad this film got shut down. the 'self perceived' elitists who own hollywood were going to go with an all white cast to play japanese heroes and villians.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 2:22 a.m. CST

    actually it would be Elitism to cast them as Japaneses

    by chien_sale

    all the lefty fake bleeding heart crap

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 2:23 a.m. CST

    But to do Akira justice it would take maybe 300 millions

    by chien_sale

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    Kaori was consumed, crushed and eaten. Not raped. Tetsuo didn't even want it to happen and actually FELT HER PAIN. If anyone saw that as rape they were LOOKING FOR IT AND WAS PREPARED TO MAKE UP SHIT ON THE SPOT. Oh and another thing. If I didn't allow things into my house based on their origins I wouldn't just have an empty house, I'd have NO HOUSE AT ALL. WAKE UP!

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    SSo Ponyo is now about tentacle rape?

    by UGG

    and Spirited Away and The Cat Returns and Porco

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    Actual, psychological, metaphorical, whatever you try to call it. IT'S. NOT. THERE. Get it? It's not a "male response" (nice sexism there BTW), it's the actual goddamned truth. He devolved (not evolved, devolved) into a super amoeba and ate (ate, not raped, ate) her because that's what amoeba's do. Unless you think all the deaths in Jaws are rape too. Then you're not misguided, you're flat out stupid and there's nothing more I can do. The only thing that comes close to rape is the fact the doctor forced Tetsuo to develop power he never should have had. Oh, and my rage? Yeah it's all-or-nothing because that's what happens when someone confronts the truth (not that you'd know) but that house of yours? Misogynists built it. Sweet dreams.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Akira was an abominanimation.

    by KnowItAllFromCali

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Good news. The original animated movie is a classic.

    by ChickenStu

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    This show would have worked if it was stop-animation.

    by MST3KPIMP

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by Johnno

    That way we get the manga designs, it's set in Japan, AND we get white English speaking actors underneath! Hell even big names if you really need something to put on the poster! It'll all be performance captured, and then later rendered out as a CG Anime film! Which can all be done with a cheaper budget while doing justice to its amazingness all in 3-D! What are the Wachowskis doing? Get them on this!

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Give it to Neill Blomkamp.

    by Tommy Dinh

    If Neil can make District 9 for $30 million? I'm sure he could make Akira for $70. But even if not at that budget, he'd be a great candidate for directing Akira.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST

    AKIRA: Starring middle aged white men.

    by tradeskilz

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    when I read that headline

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    I started dancing to Nub Nub happy fucking day!

  • Jan. 11, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    According to Den of Geek, live-action AKIRA isn't quite dead yet...

    by Royston Lodge

    Supposedly, Warner Bros. is looking for someone to do another re-write of the script.