That headlines was a pleasure to to type. Everything about this live-action, Hollywood remake of Akira has sounded TERRIBLE. Just awful. Remember at first we heard Keanu Reeves was to star. Remember how ridiculous that sounded? Who’d have thought it would only become so much weirder when Garret Hedlund and Kristin Stewart were confirmed as leads Kaneda and Kei. Oh! And the film would take place in Neo-Manhattan. It was only the beginning of weird changes, making this film seem less and less like Akira at all.
Maybe, just maybe, we can stop fearing the worst. The movie might not happen at all! What a blessing that would be. THR is reporting the Vancouver production offices have closed and the film’s “being shut down in the face of casting and budgetary issues.” Ah-ha! Sucks to be you un-made Akira film, I hope you never see the light of day!
Apparently now, director Jaume Collet-Serra and the producers will focus on changing the script in order to lower the budget. And we’re talking about a budget that has already been cut in half once before. Soo…yikes. Not sure you can properly adapt Akira on a tiny budget of about $60m, but what the hell, they weren’t looking to properly adapt Akira anyhow.
Let’s all join together and pray this is the last we ever hear of this terrible, rotten idea for a movie. Just let Akira be.