(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
What does Zac Efron and acclaimed Japanese manga artist, film director, and screenwriter Katsuhiro Otomo have in common with each other? Well, Zac Efron is “in talks” with Warner Bros to star in the remake of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. The 6 volume series, set in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, Akira brought a second wave of fanom to the anime scene here in the west. With it’s use of Cyberpunk, detailed scenes, lip-synched dialogue and considered a masterpiece thanks to its of graphic storytelling, Akira has achieved cult status. It’s a shame that they, the studio heads, are going to make this a more family friendly film.
While everything has only been reported as a rumor, one source claims that the entire thing is, “far from a done deal,”. Sure, Efron has been great in films like Me and Orson Welles and Charlie St. Cloud is he really fit for the part in the new setting of Neo-New York. Yes, it’s another film where it’s lead has their nationality and setting switched from the original material. With all the changes they’ve had so far, they may be treading on broken glass with this one. As for who else has been cast, here’s a previous slashfilm excrept from Russ Fischer:
“No cast has ever publicly revealed to be attached. The involvement of Appian Way led many to suspect that DiCaprio would star as the teen biker Kaneda, despite being demonstrably too old for the part, but the actor publicly denied any involvement beyond producing duties. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was rumored to be in mind for Tetsuo, the friend of Kaneda whose psychic powers are awakened, setting of a cataclysmic chain of destructive events in Neo-Tokyo. He also denied any attachment.”
Only time will tell what the studio is going to do with a series millions of people have come to accept as a masterpiece.