Akira Movie to Be Directed By Hughes Brothers

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Akira Movie to Be Directed By Hughes Brothers

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The classic manga Akira is to get the live-action treatment courtesy of the directorial team that brought us From Hell and Book of Eli.

Allen and Albert Hughes, the team that directed Book of Eli and From Hell, are in negotiations with Warner Brothers to convert Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira into a live action movie. The manga may be less well-known than the seminal 1988 anime movie, but both follow bike-gang leader Kaneda's efforts to save his friend Tetsuo from government scientists, following an accident that results in the unlocking of Tetsuo's enormous psychic power, and explore themes as diverse as friendship, societal pressure, isolation and corruption.

The screenplay is to be written by Iron Man writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and rather than adapt the existing movie, will split the manga, which is six volumes long and spans more than 2,000 pages, into two separate films, allowing the complex plot to be told in full.

For many, Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira anime was their first introduction to anime, so the news of a live-action version will either fill them with elation or with dread, depending, I suppose, on how much you trust the Hughes Brothers. I only ever read the first volume of the manga, and it was sufficiently different that you might as well consider the two to be separate works with similar themes. The fact that Warner Brothers is looking to the manga for inspiration however, and not just remaking the anime, seems like a pretty good sign.

The first Akira movie is scheduled for release some time next year.

Source: New York Mag

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I already knew they were making a Akira movie, but I didn't know who was making it, whether it would be live action or animated, or its release date.

Now I know, thanks man.

Never read Akira, but Book Of Eli was BAD. So hopefully, they won't fuck this shit up.

TETSUOOOOOO

KANEDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

I just hope they have the badass motorcycle and do it justice.

the news of a live-action version will either fill them with elation or with dread

Dread. I pretty much get a feeling of dread about everything nowadays, but especially for live action films based on animes/mangas. But I... no, it is not just me, there are probably others who feel the same about this kinda thing.
Still, if it is based on the manga, and not a re-imagining of the anime, I suppose I could give it the benefit of the doubt.
Hell, it may even be worth watching.
If I can get over the initial dread.

My reaction:

"eeehhhh maybe"

John Funk:
I just hope they have the badass motorcycle and do it justice.

Wonder what the short psychic kids are gonna look like?

Why do they have to stain everything with the stamp of Live Action?! Why oh why? Is money always the bottom line?

I pray to every thought-up deity when I plea "please make this NOT suck!"

John Funk:
TETSUOOOOOO

KANEDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

I just hope they have the badass motorcycle and do it justice.

Dont forget about the Laser gun and Sol.
If i see Sol, i will be happy.

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Now about the casting. . .

Why would you want to turn this into a non-animated movie? Why?

Worst decision since the SotC movie (Let's hope that's not happening).

Here's hoping it's better than Dragon Ball Evolution.

I'll watch it, and hope that I don't need to walk out on it.
I'm not a massive fan or anything, but I have my doubts about Hollywood. Serious doubts.

But Akira already is a movie, and an awesome one at that! Why?!
My brain cannot begin to comprehend why they would want to do this.

Won't be suprised if they use American actors rather than stay authentic with Japanese actors.

TheNumber1Zero:

John Funk:
I just hope they have the badass motorcycle and do it justice.

Wonder what the short psychic kids are gonna look like?

Danny Devito? It's Hollywood...

For the fat final boss they could just use John Goodman unedited. It's Hollywood.

I never read the manga, but I did see the '88 anime movie. Hmm, my initial reaction is dread. Live action adaptations of animes are typically failures, but I'm going to give the Hughes Brothers the benefit of the doubt. After all they're refraining from simply remaking the '88 movie, that's got to be a good sign. Now if they can refrain of Americanizing it, it'll be perfect.

Hopefully they do a good job Americanizing it.
http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/ir/hh/hhani/14178-ep002

Not getting my hopes up for this one. There's an animated movie, and there's the original manga, and there's no need for a live-action in-between. What are the movie makers going to accomplish that the other two incarnations haven't?

Well, they seem to get that they can't fit the entire plot into one movie. Still, I'm not hopefull.

I don't pretend to know much about anime or manga in general (I still don't know if there's a difference) but I'm not sure there's a real reason for remaking it. I mean, wasn't the film a classic? Didn't it already express the subject matter eloquently enough without having to be retooled into a huge hollywood action driven blockbuster?

I'm cautiously optimistic, I really liked the manga, and the idea of 2 movies based on it sounds awesome. The anime movie is VERY different from the manga, and the manga has a ton of content, I'm even wondering how they could fit it into just 2 movies. I'm glad they aren't just doing a hollywood remake of the original, and actually trying something new.

TheNumber1Zero:
Wonder what the short psychic kids are gonna look like?

John McCain could play one of them, but they'd have to use the technique from LotR to make him look shorter.

This is going to be hollywooded to hell with the people they have attached to it. A pity, I quite enjoyed the movie, although I have never read the manga.

....Eh. I'll go see it. Why not? I'm not a complete pessimist yet.

Almost, but not yet.

I'm willing to give it a shot if the trailers look interesting. If I have any inkling that it'll be bad though, I probably won't even be able to bring myself to go for the comedic value like with DBZ. Akira is just too much of a classic for me to willingly laugh at someone making a mockery of it. :/

I recently read the entire manga in one sitting, I hope they make it as great

I read the entire manga before I managed to watch the movie, and find the former to be vastly superior. I somewhat doubt that the live action version, which has been stuck in development hell for YEARS, will actually be good.

After the wastes of film that Dragonball Evolution & Blood: The Last Vampire were, I have low expectations & still expect to be disappointed.

Souplex:
Hopefully they do a good job Americanizing it.
http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/ir/hh/hhani/14178-ep002

All i could think of reading the article.

OT: I only managed to get round to watching the anime last summer but i thought it was pretty stellar, curse Hollywood i suppose.

Good now i know what to expect from Akira, now i just need information about the cowboy bebop movie and if spike is actually going to be played by keanu reeves

Look, the film had perhaps too much TETSUO / KANEDA / TETSUO / KANEDA / TETSetc in it, fine; but there is no need for it to be remade.

It still looks drop. dead. gorgeous.

I'd sooner want to see something like Lone Wolf & Cub released as anime. Hell, even complete Bruce Lee's Game of Death with animated segments.

Anime should stay animated. Period.
And video games and old TV shows should not be made into movies.

Well, it definately could be worse. At least they're going to split it between two movies rather than try to sum it up into one. Unfortunately, that will probably drive the general audience away with reviews of "too many loose ends" and "too complex for most" etc.

Cant anyone just let things be? what, we all ran out of ideas here for movies in the states, so where hopping over to japan to shit on there great ideas?

Of corse, if the cowboy bebop movie is any good, i will take this statement back.

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