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Former 'Akira' Screenwriter Reveals Details Of Live-Action Script

14 December 2009 9:11 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

"Iron Man" screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby inherited the live-action "Akira" film at Leonardo DiCaprio's production company that might or might not feature Joseph Gordon-Levitt this year, but the previous writer on the project, Gary Whitta, worked on a preliminary script and the amount of story he tackled may surprise a few anime fans. He not only stretched his script beyond the scope of the previous animated "Akira" move — he pulled from the entire six-volume manga series.

"The version I worked on was about going back to the source and doing the manga version," said Whitta at a press event (via SuperHeroHype). "We were going to adapt the whole six-episode graphic novel."

Though he hasn't worked on "Akira" for "about a year," he did explain where the script was has when he made his exit.

"We got notes from [Otomo] and we kept in touch, but we never had a formal meeting or anything, »

- Brian Warmoth

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Gary Whitta Talks "Akira" Remake

13 December 2009 8:17 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After a few months of murmurs and development on an American remake of Japanese 1988 anime classic "Akira", word came not long ago that the entire project has been scrapped.

Now, "The Book of Eli" screenwriter Gary Whitta tells Coming Soon that his involvement in the project has long since past.

"I haven't worked on it for about a year. The version I worked on was about going back to the source and doing the manga version. We were going to adapt the whole six-episode graphic novel" says Whitta. The "Akira" film was based on the first two episodes of Katsuhiro Otomo's acclaimed manga.

He adds that he got notes from Otomo while working on the script, but his work "was very, very preliminary. We did a couple of drafts of the script but, when I was there at least, it never got wrapped up to the point where I think »

- Garth Franklin

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Gary Whitta Talks "Akira" Remake

13 December 2009 8:17 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After a few months of murmurs and development on an American remake of Japanese 1988 anime classic "Akira", word came not long ago that the entire project has been scrapped.

Now, "The Book of Eli" screenwriter Gary Whitta tells Coming Soon that his involvement in the project has long since past.

"I haven't worked on it for about a year. The version I worked on was about going back to the source and doing the manga version. We were going to adapt the whole six-episode graphic novel" says Whitta. The "Akira" film was based on the first two episodes of Katsuhiro Otomo's acclaimed manga.

He adds that he got notes from Otomo while working on the script, but his work "was very, very preliminary. We did a couple of drafts of the script but, when I was there at least, it never got wrapped up to the point where I think »

- Garth Franklin

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3D Live-Action Ghost in the Shell gets screenwriter

23 October 2009 12:07 AM, PDT | Affenheimtheater | See recent Affenheimtheater news »

ComingSoon.net reports that Dreamworks Pictures has hired Laeta Kalogridis as the screenwriter for the 3D live-action adaptation of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell that has been floating around the net for quite some time now. Until now, (im at least in April 2008), Jamie Moss (Street Kings) was supposed to write the script for Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul’s Seaside Entertainment.

Well, color me unimpressed. For the live-action adaptation of Akira, Warner got Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (who wrote the screenplay for Children of Men) so there is a bit of hope for that, but looking at Kalogridis’ career so far (Alexander, Night Watch, Pathfinder) I just can’t see how she’s supposed to properly transfer the Ghost in the Shell universe into the reel (eh) world. »

- Ulrik

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Who Should Direct 'The Avengers' Instead Of Jon Favreau? One Of These Guys!

15 October 2009 11:02 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

When Jon Favreau said he would not be available to direct "The Avengers" for Marvel, he opened the doors for speculation about who would be behind the camera.

Favreau's "Iron Man" breathed life into the current wave of Marvel films culminating in 2012's gigantic crossover event, but someone else will have to step in to bring his storyline together with "The Incredible Hulk," "The First Avenger: Captain America" and "Thor."

Here are five directors who might be able to pull it off and make the "Avengers" movie fans want to see.

Zack Snyder: Was "Watchmen" Snyder's last word in superhero movies? Its box office performance may have made that debatable, but its visual presentation was spectacular. Snyder's name sits on a short list including Brett Ratner and Bryan Singer who have tackled superhero team movies in recent years, and his name comes at the top right now.

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- Brian Warmoth

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New Screenwriters Tapped For Akira

10 September 2009 12:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Collider is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures is still developing a live-action adaptation of the hit Japanese manga and anime “Akira”, and has tapped Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby to write the script. Akira is Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume manga series, and takes place in a post-apocalyptic city where members of a bike gang get involved in a battle between the mysterious psychic forces that are connected to the initial destruction of the city, the military government, and rebel forces. The famous motorcycle used by the protagonist Kaneda, according to Collider, will definitely be a part of the film. Keep checkin’ back for more “Akira” news here at Shockya.com. By Costa Koutsoutis (Source: Collider) »

- Costa Koutsoutis

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'Akira' Has a Screenplay

8 September 2009 4:55 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

One of the most popular Japanese comic book and cartoon series of all time, Akira, could be headed for a big-screen, live-action treatment as early as next year.

Akira, serialized as a manga in 1982, takes place in a post-nuclear disaster version of Tokyo. In a city ravaged by gang violence, terrorism, and political strife, government scientists and a group of young bikers fight over Tetsuo, a boy with powerful psychic abilities. The scientists fear he could become the next Akira, the name of the boy who destroyed Tokyo years ago.

For years, Warner Bros. had been trying to develop the property, authored by Katsuhiro Otomo, and the most recent rumor was two live-action movies. Now Collider reports a trusted source as stating screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who penned the dystopian movie Children of Men, have just completed their screenplay. The same source claims the lack of activity surrounding »

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Live Action Akira Movie Comes Back from the Dead

8 September 2009 2:18 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

We heard reports [1] a couple of months ago that the live action adaptation of the seminal anime flick Akira had lost its director and essentially been shelved, which was no doubt seen by some as a fortunate turn of events. If you were hoping this project would stay dead, however, prepare to be disappointed because this week the Akira feature film looks to be revving its engines all over again. According to Collider [2], Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way and Warner Brothers are still actively developing the film, and are currently awaiting a new draft of the script from Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. Fergus and Ostby have some serious geek cred under their belts as they previously worked on the screenplays for Children of Men, Iron Man and First Snow. Apparently their version of Akira is still set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan, but it's unclear if the adaptation is being planned as two films, »

- Sean

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Buzz Break: If You Build It

8 September 2009 1:15 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

· If you're a swoony New Mooner who gets lost in Taylor Lautner's eyes, now you can do so literally, as a Utah corn maze features the actor's face. Still, it's missing something without an abs labyrinth.

· The Weinsteins have quickly brought Patrick Lussier on board to direct Halloween 3D. Perhaps Lussier was the "French" name Scout Taylor-Compton told us was originally attached to Halloween 2 before Rob Zombie stepped in?

· Rejoice, for the Tolkien estate has settled its lawsuit against New Line, allowing the two new Hobbit films to proceed as planned.

· Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, the credited writers of Children of Men, are currently at work scripting the live-action adaptation of Akira.

· Megan Fox has revealed that she'll be starring opposite Mickey Rourke in the upcoming film Passion Play. A couple of shrinking violets, that cast. »

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'Iron Man' Screenwriters Keep Live-Action 'Akira' Alive

8 September 2009 10:51 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

We all thought the live-action “Akira” movie was dead and buried, but we were wrong.

According to Collider, the update on Katsuhiro Otomo’s popular anime (based on his graphic novel) is still breathing, though it’s not exactly up and walking around just yet.

Warner Bros. has kept the project in development and is about to receive a new script from Oscar nominees Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, whose joint credits include “Children of Men,” “Iron Man” and the upcoming “Cowboys & Aliens” (which recently added director Jon Favreau and actor Robert Downey Jr.).

Of course, it’s necessary to clarify that their “Children of Men” script was an early version, which was rewritten by director Alfonso Cuaron, and that much of what they wrote for “Iron Man” was also rewritten daily as the movie was being shot—but at least they have a good track record for what their names have been connected to. »

- Christopher Campbell

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‘Children of Men’ Writers Scripting Live-Action ‘Akira’

8 September 2009 10:48 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

I feel like the world is ready to know my shame. After hiding for too long, it's finally time to come clean to all of you film lovers and anime fans out there. I do not like Akira. There, I've said it. After seeing the movie three times and owning the limited edition tin version, I still have a lot of trouble finding the love that most people have for it. My primary concern is that I have no idea what the hell is happening for most of it. This, I think stems directly from filmmakers attempting to condense far, far too much story into one movie. And yet, they somehow stuff two hours in such a way that makes it feel like three. I realize that negative criticism isn't enough to quench the thirst of those out there that would see my skin flayed off and hung from the tallest building in Neo-Tokyo for saying so »

- Dr. Cole Abaius

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Iron Man Screenwriters Working on Akira Movie

8 September 2009 10:04 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Collider has exclusively broken the news that the rumored-dead Akira movie is in fact alive and well over at Warner Bros.

The website’s inside source claims that two screenwriters are currently at work on Akira, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who are credited with doing a lot of initial script work for Iron Man (though that script went through several on-set rewrites). The pair also did the pen-work for the excellent Children of Men and are working on the script for the upcoming Cowboys and Aliens, which could re-unite them with Iron Man director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr.

So what is being planned for the Akira movie and how closely will it resemble Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 anime classic? Keep reading to the learn the answer.

 

The Akira anime was set in “Neo-Tokyo” of 2019, so first order of business for an American live-action remake is to transport the story to the U. »

- Kofi Outlaw

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Live-Action Akira Film is Back on Track

8 September 2009 9:00 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

In February of last year, it was reported that Ruairi Robinson had signed on to direct the live-action adaptation of "Akira" for Warner Bros Pictures. Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) was set to write the script with Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt both rumored to star. The adaptation was set for 2009, but there was obviously no movement on the project. Then three months ago, we learned that Robinson left "Akira," which Warner Bros considered dead. Now comes news, via Collider, that "Akira" is back on track and screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) are about to turn in their first draft. The site added that the story will take place in Manhattan and will include the famous motorcycle. If the script is approved, production will begin next year for a 2011 release. "Akira" originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. »

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New Screenwriters for Akira Movie

8 September 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

We haven't heard much about the live-action Akira movie since February of 2008 (actually, back then it was reported that two films were being made), but now Collider says that Warner Bros. Pictures is still developing the movie and has hired screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby to pen the script. The duo co-wrote the first Iron Man movie and Children of Men . Akira is based on anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo's six-volume graphic novel masterwork. The film is said to take place in "New Manhattan," a metropolis that was rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years ago. The famous motorcycle will also definitely be a part of the film. The movie could possibly go into production in 2010. To learn more about "Akira," go here . »

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New Akira Screenwriters Sign on

8 September 2009 5:30 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A remake announced early last year may finally be moving forward. According to Collider, screenwriters Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus (Iron Man) have come aboard to write the Akira remake.

The remake was announced in February 2008, but there has been nothing new reported on the film since then. The site is reporting that news has been slim on the film because the writers have been trying to perfect the script, and the writing duo are about to hand in their script in the near future. It was also confirmed that the story was still to be set in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan in the near future.

If the script meets approval, it was said that the film could go into production next year for a 2011 tentpole release. We'll keep you posted as soon as more information is known on the film.

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Live Action Akira Gets New Writers

8 September 2009 4:26 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

  Some time ago, Leonardo Dicarpio's production shingle Appian Way bought the rights to develop a live action Akira pic, but the project had been thought dead in the water. Breathing new life into the lungs of the adaptation is news that screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (best name ever!), the typists behind Children Of Men and Iron Man (before Shane Black's worst-kept-secret doctoring duties) are chained to their laptops hard at work on a new script. Fans are polarised as to whether a live action adaptation, especially...

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- Dan Goodswen

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Children Of Men And Iron Man Writers Plotting Live Action Akira

8 September 2009 3:50 AM, PDT | SciFiCool.com | See recent SciFiCool.com news »

A live action “Akira” movie has been floating around in the hopes of studio execs for some time now with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company putting it together for Warner. It was originally supposedly fast tracked for a big budget release this summer. Since we just said goodbye to summer I’m thinking there was a hitch. However, sources are now pushing the news that Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, lately of the excellent Children of Men and Iron Man are seriously at work on the project. Akira is a high concept sci-fi set in a super future new Tokyo, years after a nuke obliterated the old one. A small group of  bikers must defend the city against a fellow biker whose psychic powers are awakened. Apparently the new script moves all this to Manhattan. Leave it in Tokyo I say. There’s no better place for a Science Fiction movie than Tokyo. »

- endymi0n

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Akira Live-Action Adaption Script from Iron Man & Children of Men Writers?

8 September 2009 1:47 AM, PDT | Affenheimtheater | See recent Affenheimtheater news »

Just a quick update from the oh so active rumor mill for Warner’s live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s Akira. According to Collider, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are currently working hard on the script for Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way. Both of them were responsible for the scripts of Children of Men and Iron Man (at least parts of it) so we can at least hope that Akira won’t suffer the same ill fate as some other recent manga adaptations…

Production is now supposed to start in 2010 with a theatrical release a year later.

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- Ulrik

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Akira Adaptation Moving Along

8 September 2009 12:59 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's been a good long while since there was anything to report on concerning Warner Bros.' plans to adapt the anime sensation Akira into a big budget live action extravaganza. Over a year, in fact. Finally a bit of news has trickled out.

Collider now reports that both Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man)are just about ready to turn in their version of the script, which focuses on what happens when a Manhattan based teen biker gang member is subjected to a government experiment that unleashes some pretty devastating powers.

According to the site and their "trusted source", "If the script meets with approval from key people, the movie could go into production in 2010 with a release date in 2011."

That's all we have for you now. Stay tuned for any new developments.

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Akira Isn't Dead

8 September 2009 12:52 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

All hope seemed lost for the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's epoch-making anime Akira. But Collider are quoting a "trusted source" that tells them not only is the project still alive, but Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who adapted Children of Men so succesfully, are hard at work on the script. The project was originally mooted at Sony in the 1990s, but was revived more recently by Warner Bros. with names like Stephen Norrington, Jon Peters, Ruairi Robinson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gary Whitta and Andrew Lazar all attached at various points in one capacity or another.It's due to relocate the story from neo-Tokyo to Manhattan (neo-Manhattan?) and initial reports suggested two films, but it's such a colossally expensive proposal (some estimates put it north of $300m) that Warners will want to be very sure of their investment before work starts in earnest.Things had gone ominously quiet of late, but »

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