While a live-action adaptation of the cult Manga classic Akira could be amazing, fan expectation vs. reality is two different things. Last we heard Warner Bros. is planning a “Americanized” version of one of the greatest manga stories every told. A script has supposedly been written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby with Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli, Menace II Society) set to direct. Our buddies at ScreenRant.com got their hands on supposed script details. Suffice to say, it’s a wash. The script takes severe liberties with the source material and nerds are shaking fists. Tokyo to Manhattan? P-G 13! Albert Hughes?! Hollywood?!??!?! We don’t want this film. Americanized or not, the story is just to massive to capture into one or two feature films. It should just die.
Would it help if American home-boy James Franco (Spider-man, Pineapple Express) was attached? . A Spanish site , later echoed by JustJared both say the actor is in talks to star as Kaneda, the lead character. “TETSUOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” I like Franco and all, but no. He’s too old and so not…Asian. Cast the proper ethnicity or change their names to John Boy and Billy Bob…
Anyway, with no official word from Warner Bros, or from Franco himself this remains a industry rumor. He’s far too busy anyway. Did you know he’s teaching a college course about films starring Jame Franco? Really.
*Sigh* A live-action Akira? Honestly, how many bad Anime live action films do they need to make to realize it never works!! Last Airbender is the biggest reminder of that.