Akira Live Action Remake
Another Japanese film bites the dust. Akira, a hit 1988 anime film, is being remade by, you guessed it, Hollywood. Let the white washing begin.
Akira is set in a dark post world war III Tokyo called Neo-Tokyo. It follows the leader of a motorcycle gang, who accidentally gets involved with an underground dissident terrorist group. They then uncover the truth about what really destroyed Tokyo years before. Naturally, the new, live action, film is set in Neo-New York rather than Neo-Tokyo and will star a mostly American cast.
Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund has been cast as the male lead, Kaneda, while Kristen Stewart, who you may remember from Twilight, has been offered the role of Kei, the female lead and love interest of Kaneda. Numerous other actors have been offered roles, but none have been confirmed yet, these include Helena Bonham Carter and Gary Oldman.
The anime film was a success and is considered by many to have had a major influence on the style of Japanese animation. However, before it was an anime it was a manga series and the film was criticised for attempting to fit the whole story into one. This time they don’t intend on making the same mistake as they are planning two films rather than one.
Jaume Collet-Serra is directing the films. He’s a Spanish filmmaker who has previously directed such films as: House of Wax and Orphan, both of which were negatively received. With live action anime adaptations, like Gantz, being made by Japanese directors, it may be time for Hollywood to pull out of Japan and star working on original projects.
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Blu-ray trailer for Akira anime:
Someone’s take on what an American version would look like: