Rumor: Live-Action Remake of Akira in the Works?!
One genre of film that always gets overlooked with mainstream press is anime. I don't mean a small Inuyasha movie for the fans, I mean good full-featured anime like Paprika that was in theaters last year or Hayao Miyazaki films. One of my all-time favorite animes that is also regarded as one of the greatest anime movies of all time is Akira. Most of you probably don't even know anything about it, but that's not the point. The good news is that a rumor has popped up over at Bloody-Disgusting.com (via our friends at FilmJunk) claiming that a live-action remake of Akira is in the works at Warner Brothers.
A live-action remake of Akira has been in the works for quite a while, originally appearing in 2003 with James Robinson writing and Steven Norrington directing. That never ended up going anywhere, but this latest rumor claims that Warner Brothers is trying to start it back up with Irish director Ruairi Robinson. I'm not sure where the struggle is, whether it's with the script, the budget, the idea to begin with, or most likely with licensing. Either way, this is one of the most exciting rumors to come from the anime genre in quite a while.
For those of you who don't know anything about Akira, the one thing you need to know is that it would make an awesome live-action movie. The problem is that it's so long and so extravagant that it would probably end up with a budget of at least $150 million. Not only are there chases with futuristic motorcycles but also the entire ending fight and scene would cost excessive amounts to live up to the anime.
Akira is a 1988 Japanese anime film that was originally based on a manga. Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira's secrets were buried 30 years ago.