Warner Bros has been trying to make a live action adaptation of Akira for over a decade, with the film almost coming close a few times. But it’s development hell that’s got this one stuck, directors keep dropping out, disputes over budget and contracts, nothing can go right. There have been some rumors floating around of a couple directors who Warner Bros is considering, Daniel Espinosa (Life) and David Sandberg (Lights Out) among them. But Tracking Board recently shared that a new name has just reached the top of Warner Bros list, another horror director, Jordan Peele. (more…)
It’s a Japanese renaissance in Hollywood right now! That is if three live-action movies based on anime and/or manga projects counts as a renaissance. Ghost in the Shell is presently before the cameras, and production on Battle Angel Alita will soon get underway if the intention is to still make its 2018 release date. And yet, what do neither of those movies have? How about a director of Asian ancestry? Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing Ghost, while Robert Rodriguez is working on Alita. Now though, it looks like Warner Bros. is going to shake things up by hiring the Taiwanese-born Justin Lin to helm the long gestating Akira movie. (more…)
Where to even begin with Akira? Katsuhiro Otomo‘s magnum opus, it was one of the works that made manga and anime huge in the West, as influential and seminal as The Drifting Classroom or Astroboy combined. The manga told the long and winding tale of a post-apocalyptic Japan, struggling in the aftermath of a psychic apocalypse and a small cadre of troubled teenagers and superpowered children that threaten to reduce our world into a cinder. Also, a hellishly bleak outlook of modern Japanese society. Needless to say, the manga’s themes make it a tough cookie to swallow, especially when it comes to adapting it in any on-screen format, but Katsuhiro Otomo might have some enlightening news on the matter…
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. (more…)
Project Akira, an online collective of fans, has created one hell of a live-action Akira trailer. It looks and sounds amazing and really makes you think that a full-length live-action version of Akira could work. Yes, even I said “Hey, seeing a live-action adaptation might not be a bad idea” after watching this thing. But don’t be fooled! Walking down that path will end in heartbreak.
That being said, this thing is a work of a beauty and shows an admirable faithfulness that only a fan can bring. (more…)
I’d like to preface this article by saying that I’m always a fence-sitter when it comes to reboots, remakes and live-action adaptations. I prefer to remain optimistic and make my judgments after production starts and I have a chance to see what’s going on behind the scenes. And I was feeling that way about the Akira adaptation that the folks in Hollywood want to put together. Now, a recent interview with the attached director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown) has made up my mind for me. Scroll down to see what Collet-Serra has to say about Akira and tell me whether or not this man should be allowed to touch this project. (more…)
What’s the old saying? “If at first you don’t succeed…”
Warner Bros is of this opinion because they’re once again opening that can of worms labelled Akira and are now in the process of once again trying to get a live-action American version of the anime classic off the ground and into theaters. Early last year, all efforts in making the Akira film ground to a halt, but now Warners seems to have gone as far as press director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown) into service to bring the film to life.
Now Collet-Serra has been involved in the project before, so maybe since he’s familiar with the territory his name moved to the front of the line. Variety says that the studio likes the director’s take on the material, and the real sticking point now is the budget, which Warner Bros obviously wants to be smaller. Production on Akira has been in development hell for the better part of the last decade, with directors such as Stephen Norrington and the Hughes Brothers previously attached with actors such as Leonardo di Caprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Robert Pattinson all rumored to star at one point or another.
Akira, based on the manga of the same name, is about a teenage biker with psychic powers in dystopian future Tokyo. No release date or anything else official has yet to be offered from the studio. Obviously, we’ll have more news for you as the story develops.
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Warner Bros. has been sitting on their rights to produce a live action film adaptation of Tite Kubo‘s manga/anime, Bleach, for quite some time. But it looks like things are actually moving ahead now!
Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) will be writing the screenplay and Peter Segal (Nutty Professor 2, Get Smart) will be producing it. He might end up directing it, but that will probably not work in this film’s favor so here’s hoping that doesn’t happen.
The fact that Warner Bros. has taken up this project is also quite worrisome because they seem to be having trouble getting these Japanese anime endeavors off the ground. They slashed the budget for Akira in half and that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere at the moment.
For those of you (like myself) who haven’t had much exposure with this series, here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
Bleach (ブリーチ Burīchi?, romanized as BLEACH in Japan) is a Japaneseshōnen manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper (死神Shinigami?, literally, “Death God“) —a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper—from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His newfound powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife.
I can see why this is such a popular series in Japan and around the world. I hope they don’t fuck this up like Fox did with Dragon Ball: Evolution... That is, if this thing even gets off the ground.
Source: Geek Tyrant
Argh! Just when we think we’ve gone into remission, the cancer that is Americanized Akira has returned with a vengeance. Last week, fans of the beloved anime and manga danced
naked around a fire in celebration for what was thought to be the final death stroke to Warner Bros adaptation. THR had reported that the Vancouver production offices were “shut down in the face of casting and budgetary issues.”
Variety is reporting that the film refuses to die. The word is that the studio is set to hire another new writer to do rewrites “over the next two weeks to focus on character elements and particularly on the pic’s look.” The studio has two writers in mind for the job – Jonathan Nolan (Dark Knight, Dark Knight Rises) or Michael Green (Heroes, Smallville, Green Lantern).
I’ve been a bit manic with my approval of this adaptation; some days I’m OK with it, others I am not. Ultimately, however, it’s a rotten idea for a movie. 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.
Garret Hedlund and Kristin Stewart have been confirmed as leads Kaneda and Kei. As if the abhorrent whitewashing is not enough, the budget has been chopped from $150m down to $60m, minuscule for a film of such epic proportions. According to a recent casting call, the country/city, race, relationship and occupations of the main characters have all been changed from the source material.