Albert Hughes

Mother fucker! Warner Bros. still intends to make an “Americanized” live-action version of Katsuhiro Otomo‘s Akira. Blargh! I thought we were done with this. Shit. Fuck. Asscakes! Seriously,  Keanu Reeves declined the offer for the starring role of Kaneda. Warner Bros. shut down an entire department working on pre-production. Director, Albert Hughes said “peace. I’m out”. And, considering all the controversy over character white-washing (Keanu Reeves clearly isn’t Asian), you’d think Warner Bros. would take note and file this project under the “Just let it die” policy. *shakes head* Nope!

The bastardization of the classic manga and anime is very much alive.  WB is looking to Jaume Collet-Serra, the director of Orphan and the action thriller Unknown, to direct Akira.

Variety has the report, saying that the budget for the film has been pulled back to about $90m — that’s down considerably from what was looking like a $150m movie in its most recent incarnation when Albert Hughes was attached.

Beyond that, we don’t know what new casting choices WB has in mind, or if the latest script, by Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves, is still in play (Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta wrote an early draft, and Albert Torres and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby also wrote drafts.). Most likely the film will still be set in New Manhattan, with Variety describing the story only as following “the leader of a biker gang who saves his friend from a medical experiment”.

Nothing againsts Jaume Collet-Serra, but the animated classic is already in peak perfection, anything he, or WB intends to do will most certainly cheapen it. It’ll end up looking a little something like this cartoon by Harry Partridge which brings so much truth to this sad joke:

Oh joy, today is a good day. 3 reasons. 1. The scab on my elbow is ripe for the picking; I can’t wait to pluck it and roll it around in my fingers. 2. Director Albert Hughes leaves Akira. 3. Director David O. Russell quits Uncharted.

Starting with ‘Uncharted’. As most of you know, Sony Pictures plans to make a live-action adaptation of the adventure based video game of the same name. David O. Russel (The Fighter) was attached to direct. His name alone perked interest and gave a sense of faith that Sony might actually make a decent video game movie for once. However, once word got out that Russell was fucking with the source material, fans were not pleased. He had planned to input a heavy family dynamic and have new characters to be played by Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.Oh, and Mark Walberg was his top pick for Nathan Drake. I think we all held a figurative gun to our head at that little nugget. Anyway, O. Russel and his ideas are fucking OUTTA HERE. Variety’s Jeff Sneider exclusively reports:

David O. Russell, who was set to write and produce the bigscreen adaptation of the videoameUncharted: Drake’s Fortune,has left the project over creative differences.”

OK, so we don’t actually know if O. Russell’s departure means that Sony will scrap his family dynamic script. Nor, do we know if Russell’s homeboy, Marc Walberg is going with him. It’s our hope that Sony will find a good director that will honor the source material and pick Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake. That’s all we want.

Moving on to the better news.

Absolutely nobody wants a Americanized, live-action version of Katsuhiro Otomo anime/manga, Akira. Seriously, the animated classic is already in peak perfection, anything we Americans do will most likely only cheapen it. And, Hollywood is certainly trying to do everything possible to do just that. Taking neo-Tokyo out of Japan and putting it in Manhattan.Stupid! Not to mention, the studios intent to white-wash the entire project by seeking non-Asian actors for the roles. I mean fuck, Keanu Reeves himself was offered the starring role of Kaneda and he’s quite clearly not Asian. Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy were also persons of interest. Just awful.

Anyway, in recent news, Keanu declined the offer and Warner Bros. had shut down a department working on pre-production. Now it gets even better. Director, Albert Hughes has left the project. Deadline reports:

“Director Albert Hughes is exiting the movie, I’m told. Insiders say that it is an amicable creative differences parting of the ways.”

Blow after blow. This project is dead. It’s gotta be dead, right? Not so fast. Deadline believes Warner Bros. will work quickly to replace him and go back to the film’s original strategy. With the hiring of screenwriter Steve Kloves to reign in the film in the script stage, Warner Bros. now hopes to go back to those younger actors for a more economical retelling of the story. Bah! less money and more teenage heart throbs?! Shoot me now.

Admittedly, I don’t give a shit about Akira. I know the Anime is a landmark film in Japanese animation and I’m also aware what a huge cult following it has. The Manga is arguably better, but that’s neither here or there. Blah! Futuristic post-war cities, biker gangs, secret government stuff and physic powers that turn you into a cyborg blob of trash, just doesn’t do anything for me . Put all that into a gay porn and then we can talk. Wait… I meant straight porn. *Derp* The shit is just overrated and so dated.

For the rest of you, how do y’all feel about this PG13, Americanized, live-action Akira that is being planned by Warner Bros.? Albert Hughes is set to direct a script which passed through the hands of several screenwriters, ultimately leading to the hands of Harry Potter screen writer Steve Kloves. Do those names do anything for ya? Or, are you less concerned with the folks attached and more focused on what the hell “Americanized” means? Naturally that means taking a recognizable product or franchise for the share matter of making a quick cash grab. Then gutting and twisting it into a version completely unrecognizable to the source material. Ultimately serving shit with a cherry on top. Kinda like someone fucking your puppy and making you pay to watch.

Recent “supposed” script leaks have revealed some things that will send fan-boys up in arms. *clears throat* The movie will take place in America, not Japan and will be in Neo-Manhattan instead of Neo-Tokyo. Kaneda and Tetsuo are brothers in this version of the story instead of childhood friends. Kaneda Meets Ky (otherwise known as Kei in manga/anime) in jail and she knows a lot more right off the bat than she did in previous versions (manga/anime), as she explains some of the story of the psychic ‘children’ that help awaken Tetsuo’s powers. Speaking of which, here’s a bit of horrible jail dialog-” Honey, we’re both behind bars. And while you’re a real treat to look at, I’ve got a ‘no crazy girl’ policy. So good luck with your quest. I’m sure you’ll find Akira hiding out with the Easter Bunny and Santa someplace.” Nice, huh? On the plus side its said some of the Manga’s thematic elements about drugs and Jesus will make it into the film. Yay?

Please note that io9 got these script pages, and later verified that, yes, they are from an early Akira draft, but that “the version of the script that Kloves is rewriting is reportedly a lot different, although it’s possible that some of these ideas still remain.”

Personally, whatever the final product is I can surely assume it will be utter shit.  It’ll end up looking a little something like this cartoon by Harry Partridge which brings so much truth to this sad joke:


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 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.

akiraAkira, an anime my folks didn’t want me to watch when I was young because of its violence but still wanted me to watch when I got the chance, and man, was I glad to finally watch it. For those who haven’t seen it, its a film set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic Tokyo and with psychic and military warfare included. There has been talks for couple years now that we would be getting a live action Akira movie but seems like the writers strike put a halt in it (what did WGA Strike not hurt or stopped?). It seems Book of Eli directors, Albert and Allen Hughes are in talks with WB to direct the rumored 2 film adaptation of the hit anime and manga series. Do you guys think they will be able to pull of what it takes for Akira to be translated well from Anime/Manga to Live Action, or is this something we should be worried about. One thing I know, it’ll be better than Kanye West’s Stronger music video.

Source: /Film