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Warner Bros is Still Trying to Make Their Live-Action 'Akira' Happen

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July 22, 2014
Source: Deadline

Akira

Nearly a year ago, word came that Warner Bros. was reviving their efforts to turn the iconic Japanese anime Akira into a live-action film again. The studio was working on bringing Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra back into the fray to direct the film with an eye towards beginning production in early 2014. But that time frame has come and gone, and here we are in the middle of summer with no update. That is until a small blurb in Deadline (via The Playlist) popped up recently which says Dante Harper, who wrote the initial script for Edge of Tomorrow (also originally a Japanese property) has been working on the script.

Of course, that's all we know for now. But we suppose it's good to know that Warner Bros. is trying to get the project off the ground still. We're just not sure if the project can live up to the expectations of fans around the world. But then again, considering how much success blockbusters have had overseas, especially in Asian markets, this is exactly the kind of property that would do well at the international box office, even if the domestic turnout is a bit soft. Anyway, we'll just have to wait and see if this project ever gets off the ground, but we're certainly not going to hold out breath. In the meantime, check out some concept art from a previous iteration of the film, and this awesome fanmade live-action trailer. Thoughts?

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  • Chris Groves
    I've always thought that a Beowulf style performance capture approach would be a great way to adapt anime into a 'three dimensional realm' while keeping the anime stylization. Lord knows the live action Dragon Ball Z movie did not go over well.
    • http://sickdoghats2.wix.com/habitat-games Jesse Bangerter
      I was going to bash your comment, but then I read the last line.
  • denverchris
    Well, Dante Harper does have plenty of experience in adapting Japanese material and setting them in non-Japanese environments. So, go him, I guess.
  • jay
    I simultaneously want it to get made more than anything but am also more terrified of it getting made than any other movie.
  • cobrazombie
    This is the Duke Nukem Forever of movies... Give it up, the original is technically great, a gateway anime film, but overrated IMO.

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