Warner Bros. To Make a Decision About Live-Action Akira Movie Next Week

Warner Bros. To Make a Decision About Live-Action Akira Movie Next Week Warner Bros. To Make a Decision About Live-Action Akira Movie Next Week

After a lot of problems, it seems that Warner Bros. will finally make a decision regarding a live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira sometime next week. Click for more details...

By WolvieCBM - Oct 15, 2011 11:10 AM EST
Filed Under: Akira
Source: Showblitz

From the start, fans really didn't want to see a live-action adaptation/remake of the popular manga comic and animated film Akira, which was created and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Critically acclaimed anime was released in 1988. Warner Bros. has been trying to move forward with the live-action movie for a long time, but there was always something in the way. After director Albert Hughes left the project, everyone thought that might be the end of it. But studio soon found the replacement, director Jaume Collet-Serra. Since then, we haven't heard much about the film. Well, it seems that they will make a final decision sometime next week, according to Variety's Showblitz:

"WB's seems closer to making a decision on whether to give the film a greenlight after the filmmakers gave a presentation on Wednesday to Warner execs that included a revised budget. Sources say most people are confident execs will be happy with the new budget...but you never know in this town. Be prepared for some kind of decision sometime next week."

There you go...Next week we should get an answer. So, what are your thoughts on this?

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Ghostfire - 10/15/2011, 11:34 AM
no more remakes!! Hey WB, how about a WW or Flash film?
spiderneil - 10/15/2011, 11:38 AM
I dont have a problem with a live action akira, it's the casting choices and American setting that I have a problem with.
DukeAcureds - 10/15/2011, 11:40 AM
Akira is the Watchmen of Manga. If they do not do it right, there is no point doing it at all. A remake of the anime would be pointless. But a trilogy based on the epic Manga would be [frick]ing awesome! That NEEDS to be done. But done right. Not like all the bullshit Hollywood ideas that we've heard already. don't change it. i really ain't broke. it's a [frick]ing masterpiece and it's culturely iconic and generation defining. It's one of the only fictitious modern epics that I can think of that has an almost religious fervor attached to it. With Star Wars and Lord of the Rings being the others.
The power of Akira exists within everyone. Even you.
Ghostfire - 10/15/2011, 11:46 AM
I never got into Akira no matter how hard I tried. It never did it for me,but what you said is spot on. Hollyweird is just gonna [frick] it all up and that sucks for all the Akira fans out there. I wouldn't be surprised if they give it the transformers treatment... mindless action and no heart.
DukeAcureds - 10/15/2011, 11:53 AM
That's exactly what's happening. And you're first comment is what any WB exec should pay attention to. No Wonder Woman film yet? Really? After 6 Superman films and 7 Batman films?
Out of curiousity, Ghostfire, have you ever started the Manga of Akira? Because I know a lot of people who just can't get into the anime at all. The Anime makes a lot more sense, when you've read the Manga.
AutobotCommander84 - 10/15/2011, 11:54 AM
I've never read Akira but from what I've heard, it's an amazing Manga and Anime. I just don't know why so many people are angry at the American setting and casting American actors for the roles. Mainstream audiences aren't going to be interested in seeing a subtitled foreign film with actors that they're unfamiliar with. Sure the narrow-minded fans would want to see it, but would that make Warner Bros. any money? What I really care about is story and acting. I don't care if it takes place in America because I'm open minded. Who cares if they cast an American actor as Kaneda and Shima? In truth, the two actors from the names that were rumored who I think would be great for the roles are Zac Efron and Andrew Garfield respectively.
soaponapope - 10/15/2011, 11:54 AM
if it ends up good, yeah why not.
BillyBatson1000 - 10/15/2011, 11:57 AM
LEAVE IT ALONE. It will suck *ss. And you'll probably cast Keanu Reaves - more wodden than a forest. BACK OFF!
DukeAcureds - 10/15/2011, 11:58 AM
"Respectively"? Andrew Garfield as Shima? Really?
Also... Are you Micheal Bay?
jazzman - 10/15/2011, 12:03 PM
f**k this WB need to leave Akira alone they dont know sh!t.
AutobotCommander84 - 10/15/2011, 12:06 PM
@DukeAcureds If I was Michael Bay then your house or apartment would have been blown up by now.
WellDrawn - 10/15/2011, 12:09 PM
Just get Zach Snyder to do a shot-for-shot remake of the Anime
Ghostfire - 10/15/2011, 12:11 PM
A long time ago.. i was in elementary school when i first heard of it. I've seen the anime and its good and read the manga several times when I got older and still didn't do it for me. Don't get me wrong its good just not my taste.
DukeAcureds - 10/15/2011, 12:12 PM
Very true. Just to be on the safe side, I think you're right on the whole American angle. Who wants to see a bunch of Japs, right? Even if they spoke English, like foriegn language people do in Hollywood films, they're aren't any big name (and expensive) stars from Japan.
DukeAcureds - 10/15/2011, 12:13 PM
Fair enough.
Ghostfire - 10/15/2011, 12:14 PM
Thank you!! I love me some bats.. but damn do we really need more?
MrBlueSky - 10/15/2011, 12:16 PM
Please, can't we just leave this project alone and let it die? Plus, how mant good adaptations of anime and manga are out there?
jazzman - 10/15/2011, 12:20 PM

Zac Efron and Andrew Garfield WTF u not serious. plus if they want to set it in American get Asian-American actors for the role.
AutobotCommander84 - 10/15/2011, 12:22 PM
@DukeAcureds Even though I have Asperger's Disorder, I can tell even through my laptop that your being sarcastic. I was not saying that there shouldn't be any Japanese actors, it's just so hard to find any. Most of the Asian actors there are in Cinema today are of either Chinese or Korean descent. Films like these should be multicultural, especially considering that the art itself does not explicitly say that the characters are Japanese or even Asian for that matter. There are many people in the world who are of a specific ethnic background and have names that originate from another. My real name is of Hebrew origin but I am really of European, African, and Native American descent. I wouldn't mind if they had any Asian actors in roles in the film, but I still stand by my statement when I said that I would like Zac Efron and Andrew Garfield as Kaneda and Shima respectively.
SugarYumYum - 10/15/2011, 12:23 PM
@Autoboutcommander84: So according to you, wanting a story to be adapted into a certain language and a certain setting so the slobbering masses doesn't have to scratch their head at all "the funny talkin slanted-eye people" isn't narrow-minded but wanting an adaptation to stay true to it's source is? lol ok
AutobotCommander84 - 10/15/2011, 12:26 PM
@jazzman Yes, I am serious. Forget about the High School Musical trilogy and instead focus on the other films that Efron has done. He is a very good actor who I know would take a role like this seriously. And with Andrew Garfield, he won 8 awards in his short acting career and he's playing the role of one of my all-time favorite comic book heroes, Spider-Man.
Ghostfire - 10/15/2011, 12:30 PM
In other words another version of Twilight with and anime touch.. you know mindless, dumb, waterdowned material!
jazzman - 10/15/2011, 12:34 PM

whats not even thinking about High School Musical and i know Andrew Garfield wont awards extra. but that would be the role cast for the role of Akira. get a Asian-American actor for the role or dont do the movie at all.
AutobotCommander84 - 10/15/2011, 12:34 PM
@ShugarYumYum Wanting an adaptation that stays true to the source material doesn't mean that you have to put it in another language with bad dubbing and actors that people aren't familiar with. The kind of people your describing when you say "slobbering masses who scratch their head at the "funny talking slanted-eye people"" are dumb, racist, and conservative Republicans who hate foreign countries and their people. I'm not one of them and eighty percent of the "mainstream" audience isn't either. "The Dark Knight" got much praise and it was intended for the mainstream audience but it still stayed true to the source material.
AutobotCommander84 - 10/15/2011, 12:36 PM
@Ghostfire Why the [frick] do people always bring up "Twilight" when talking about adaptations? Why don't people ever bring up good adaptations like "Spider-Man 2" or "The Dark Knight"?
AutobotCommander84 - 10/15/2011, 12:41 PM
@jazzman Okay, I wouldn't mind bringing in some Asian-American actors and actresses, but do understand that Asian-American actors and actresses are rare and trying to get a whole cast of Asian-Americans would be an impossible feat.
jazzman - 10/15/2011, 12:48 PM

its not impossible director Justin Lin did it for his movie Better Luck Tomorrow and Finishing the Game. nothing is not impossible its only impossible when studios bosses dont hire them simple as.

jazzman - 10/15/2011, 12:49 PM

so the movie will be called "Lil Akira" lol
AutobotCommander84 - 10/15/2011, 1:05 PM
@jazzman I said "would be an impossible feat" not "is an impossible feat". There still lies the fear that most moviegoers wouldn't be familiar with almost an entire cast of unknowns. Putting in well known actors like say Morgan Freeman would seal the deal for this movie.
revloveR - 10/15/2011, 1:10 PM
just make the [frick]ing thing right.
AutobotCommander84 - 10/15/2011, 1:18 PM
@revolveR For arguments sake, define "right".
marvel72 - 10/15/2011, 1:27 PM
i would definetly like to see a live action akira movie,but not with the changes hollywood want to make to the story.

japanese cast & crew with a hollywood size budget,you can count me in.
AutobotCommander84 - 10/15/2011, 1:33 PM
@marvel72 Like I said before, trying to get an entire cast of Japanese-Americans would be a nearly impossible feat. Another thing is that not all of the characters have to be Japanese. Just because the characters names are of Japanese origin doesn't necessarily mean that the character has to be a Japanese character that must be played by a Japanese actor. My name is of Hebrew origin yet I am of European, African, and Native American descent.
AutobotCommander84 - 10/15/2011, 2:03 PM
@teabag Yeah, get Japanese Midgets, call it "Lil' Akira", and make it a TV Movie for TLC.
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/15/2011, 2:07 PM
marvel72@ I agree 100%

tea@ LOL ;)
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/15/2011, 2:09 PM
Darren Aronofsky or Takeshi Miike would be great director choice.
AutobotCommander84 - 10/15/2011, 2:10 PM
Does anyone even think when they post comments and listen to the facts that I've stated? Are fanboys this narrow-minded and foolish?
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/15/2011, 2:12 PM
Ken Watananabe as The Colonel
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/15/2011, 2:12 PM
Ken Watanabe as The Colonel
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