Mother f**ker! Just when we thought we went into remission, the cancer that is the Americanized Akira has returned with a vengeance.
Warner Bros. has been trying to bring Akira to the big screen since 2008, with a myriad of creative talent tied to the project. Most recently with director Jaume Collet-Serra. Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart were the big names circling the project and actors like Michael Pitt and Toby Kebbell were rumored for Tetsuo. 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.
The project was pulled from production and shut down due to budget issues, and that was the last we thought we would hear about this terrible, rotten idea for a movie. But… it looks like Akira is alive again.
Marco Ramirez has been hired to write a screenplay for a live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo‘s popular anime and six-volume manga story.
If you don’t know Marco by name, you know the work he’s tied to. He was a writer on Sons of Anarchy, Orange Is the New Black, Da Vinci’s Demons, and is the new showrunner/writer of Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix original television series, replacing Steven S. DeKnight.
The source material is too expansive and far too deep with subtext to be adapted by us silly Americans. Bringing in creatives with comic-book movie cred isn’t gonna change that.
I am so happy they are finally moving forward with this movie that has no chance of being a terrible terrible idea. Casting 30-something white boys to play the teenage Japanese hoodlums. Taking a classic anime, one that is often a gateway into Japanese cyberpunk crazy ass cartoons and giving it a big old North American make over. Yeah. This is going to be great.