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You don’t get much bigger than Akira, the cyberpunk landmark in Japanese animation. Akira is a 1998 animated sci-fi film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, based on his own smash hit manga series. The plot focuses on two bikers, Tetsuo Shima and Shotaro Kaneda, battling it out over the release of dangerous psychic Akira. Rebellion, friendship and the occasional nuclear explosion provide Akira with its heart and voice, and in a world reliant on computer technology, it’s refreshing to witness a pixel free animated movie. The city of Neo-Tokyo isn't the kind of place you would want to raise a family. Anti-government terrorism and gang violence have been rife in the years that followed The Third World War. A teenage gang member, Shima Tetsuo, comes across an esper on a highway, bringing his buried psychic energy to the surface. Tetsuo is captured by the government for experimentation. Fortunately, an anti-government »
Looks like we weren’t the only ones impressed by Edge of Tomorrow. Recently, it was revealed that Dante Harper, the first screenwriter to work on the Tom Cruise sci-fi action-adventure, has been hired by Warner Bros. to pen the script for a live-action Akira adaptation.
The troubled project currently has Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra set to helm, who previously said he’d backed away from the adaptation over concerns with the script. Evidently, Warner Bros. is still invested in moving Akira forward, and the studio has opted to stump up the cash to hire a red-hot writer to do just that. Edge of Tomorrow was a terrific, extremely well-written film, so I’m hopeful that Harper has what it takes to finally get this project off the ground.
- Isaac Feldberg
The live-action adaptation of Akira has just received a new writer. Deadline reports that Dante Harper has been brought on to work with director Jaume Collet-Serra on the latest draft of the script. Ironically, Harper's biggest credit as a writer is one he doesn't get...credit for. It was Harper's spec script, based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's "All You Need Is Kill" that gave us the wonderfully under-appreciated gem Edge of Tomorrow. Despite his script being what created that film adaptation, he got passed over in the credits by the three writers that took later passes at the screenplay.
Regardless, Harper is now set to collaborate with Collet-Serra on a new take of the beloved title Akira. The property began it's pop culture life as a Japanese manga by Katsuhiro Otomo back in 1980. In the years to follow, it would get an anime adaptation, and video games based on it. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
A live-action adaptation of the Katsuhiro Otomo manga Akira has been in the works for quite some time now, and has even fallen off the rails once or twice. The project is officially underway once more at Warner Brothers, from Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra, and a new report claims that Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter Dante Harper is working on the script.
The news actually flew under the radar last week, as it was hidden within another news story over on Deadline. The throwaway comment could have easily been a news story in and of itself, considering how many people are dying to see an Akira film get made, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes in Tinseltown.
- James Garcia
Dante Harper, who wrote the early drafts of the screenplay for "Edge of Tomorrow," has been hired to work on the latest draft for the long gestating live-action adaptation of the anime and manga classic "Akira".
This marks the first movement on the project in almost a year when Jaume Collet-Serra was in talks to direct. The "Akira" job is just one of two new projects for Harper who is also set to pen "The Secret of the Temple" script for Fox 2000. That story deals with the race to secure a $20 billion treasure vault under a temple in India.
Harper penned 'Edge' based on the Japanese young adult novel "All You Need is Kill". His work was then re-written by several others. It's not known how much of an overhaul he's intending to give the "Akira" script or how loyal it will be to Katsuhiro Otomo's 1980s manga and its subsequent film. »
- Garth Franklin
Buried in a Deadline article about Dante Harper signing on Fox 2000's The Secret of the Temple, is an aside that Harper is also working on Warner Bros.' live-action adaptation of the Katsuhiro Otomo's manga and 1988 anime, Akira. Yes, that on again, off again film just won't die. Back in January 2012, Warner Bros. shutdown production on the live-action Akira film, despite securing the talented cast of Garret Hedlund, Ken Watanabe, Helena Bonham Carter and Kristen Stewart. Now, it seems Serra is back at work and the studio has turned to Harper to craft the script for another tricky, Eastern intellectual property. Harper wrote the very first draft of All You Need Is Kill, the spec script which resulted in a bidding war that saw the studio purchase the script for $3 million dollars (however, the numerous changes to the script after the purchase resulted in Harper not being credited »
Katsuhiro Otomo‘s 1988 anime Akira is a classic. So, of course, Hollywood wants to remake it. However, the story is so sprawling and pessimistic, no one has been able to settle on a budget that would be financially feasible. Even some of the biggest stars in the world couldn’t make a live action Akira happen in […]
- Germain Lussier
A fan-made live action Akira trailer has arrived online.
Akira Re-Viewed: Anime classic still darkly relevant 25 years later
Funded through Indiegogo, the trailer features the famous opening and some key moments from the 1988 anime adaptation.
Akira has been the subject of a long development process in Hollywood, but so far is yet to get off the ground.
Unlike the planned big budget adaptation, Akira Project features Asian actors.
Director Jaume Collett-Serra was most recently connected to the Hollywood project, which was previously shuttered due to rapidly rising production costs. »
While Hollywood continues to sort out whether it'll ever produce a live-action adaptation of the beloved anime film Akira, fans can at least take solace in this fan-made re-creation of the feature, which is probably as close as anyone will ever get to capturing the animated film with real actors. The first trailer for The Akira Project is out, and given the level of quality we suspect it’s going to make a lot of its Indiegogo investors very happy. Director-producer Nguyen-Ahn Nguyen has done a really impressive job re-creating the look and feel of Katsuhiro Otomo’s film. Hopefully Hollywood see this and takes notes – keep the movie in Neo Tokyo and have Asian actors play the characters instead of trying to reinvent the whole thing with popular...
- Mike Bracken
A celebrated anime adaptation was released in the late 1980s, but for years Warner Bros. has been trying to make a live action version of Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo’s timeless manga classic. Akira fans eagerly awaiting a live-action adaptation have watched Warner Bros. delay the project time after time due to script, budget, and casting issues. Now the fans have taken Akira into their own hands, as an impressive live action fan-made trailer coined as The Akira Project has just been released.
Borne from an Indiegogo campaign, this fan-made trailer (directed and produced by Nguyen-Anh Nguyen) was filmed and perfected in post-production by a group known as The Akira Project:
“The Akira Project is a crowd-sourced, non-profit project meant to create a live action fan trailer of Akira, the renowned manga-turned-anime film from the late 1980′s; a stunning example of both mediums as art forms. While Hollywood has been working »
- Derek Anderson
Let's start Monday off with bang! The Akira Project has released a full five minute trailer for their amazing-looking Akira fan film, and there's a good chance that it's going to blow your mind. I've been following this project since I first heard about it, and it's come a hell of long way. This thing looks absolutely incredible and is most likely better than anything Hollywood plans on doing with the property. I couldn't be more thrilled for the filmmakers. A lot of time and hard work went into developing this, and it's going to pay off for them. This is exactly what most hardcore fans would want to see from a live-action Akira movie.
Here's a note from the creators of the film about how it all came together.
- Joey Paur
Odd List Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 06:21
From Japanese anime to Disney via stop-motion, here are 18 animated films that are mystifyingly unavailable on Blu-ray...
Not all movies need to be seen in HD, but if there's one type of filmmaking that regularly benefits from the Blu-ray format, it's animation. Let us cite one example at random: My Neighbour Totoro. Until fairly recently, the only copy we had on the shelf was an early, imported version on DVD, which was grainy and a little washed-out.
When Studio Canal issued Totoro on Blu-ray in 2012, the difference in image quality was little short of a revelation: Hayao Miyazaki's colours and fluid lines positively shimmered. In short, it was like seeing this fresh, sun-drenched film again for the first time.
The same could be said for so many other animated films, no matter what country they come from: in high-definition, we can truly »
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 4 Mar 2014 - 05:53
Nb: While the below is spoiler-free, do avoid reading further if you’d prefer to see the final film absolutely cold.
Showing off 20 minutes of your forthcoming summer movie before it's even finished could, in theory, be a risky move. Yet Warner Bros and Legendary clearly have confidence in director Gareth Edwards' forthcoming Godzilla, and when we'd finished seeing some snippets of footage from his monster movie reboot, we were also confident that the full film will be worthy of the creature's status as cinema's King of the Monsters.
With our excitement suitably piqued by the footage (and you can read our spoiler-free thoughts on that here), Edwards took to the stage with presenter Edith Bowman to talk about Godzilla in an illuminating Q&A. »
It seemed to be as unlikely to get made as a sequel to the Green Lantern, but now it seems the American version of Akira is being raised from the movie-graveyard by director Jaume Collet-Serra, who has told ComingSoon.net “We’re working on it”.
Katsuhiro Otomo's popular manga and the classic 1988 anime film it spawned are among the most lauded and popular cinematic Japanese animated imports of the past 30 years. Few—if any—animated films have been as influential on the genre as Akira was. Its place as a classic is well deserved. Naturally enough, talk of a film adaptation has been going on since 1990. Each ill-fated attempt has ended in surrender by the studio or filmmakers.
Usually, an escalating budget is the reason for the projects demise. In its recent attempts, Warner Bros. had repeatedly cut down on the movie’s budget, claiming first that it would be a trilogy, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Would-be Akira director Jaume Collett-Serra has said that Japan lacks "strong characters".
"Nobody's interesting," he told Coming Soon.
"Tetsuo's interesting because weird s**t happens to him, and Kaneda is so two-dimensional.
"That's part of the Japanese culture, they never have strong characters. They're used as a way to move the other philosophy forward."
Collett-Serra told Collider that "powers that be are interested" in the long-delayed project, with the potential for a trilogy of films.
The filmmakers have been criticised for plans to cast Western actors in the adaptation of the Neo Tokyo-based story.
Akira Re-Viewed: Anime classic still darkly relevant 25 years later
Otomo was one of the finalists for the Grand Prix at this year's Angoulême International Comics Festival.
Non-Stop - which reunites »
Jaume Collet-Serra is a director on fire with the upcoming release of Non-Stop and the filming of Run All Night in the can. He recently took time to speak on his continuing development of Akira, and you may be surprised at his thoughts.
To get you up-to-speed on this ever-developing subject, Collet-Serra was slated to direct a live-action version of Katsuhiro Otomo's iconic manga and cult 1988 anime. Garrett Hedlund was on board to play Kaneda. Warner Bros. decided $90 million was a bit too rich for their blood, the project stalled, and the director dropped out.
However, a year later Collet-Serra returned to a more scaled-down version of the story, which is where we are now. He spoke with Coming Soon and had some really interesting things to say. They may be controversial, but he's not completely wrong either.
To cut right to the chase, when asked about what he »
- Scott Hallam
We all thought it was dead. We dreamed of stepping on its throat, and having it let out it.s dying breath. And when it came true, we took to the hills and celebrated. We fired weapons. We kissed our loved ones just a little harder, wetter, better. We swam in the oceans and lakes, danced to the loudest beats and stood over its grave and relieved ourselves. The Akira remake was dead. Or is it? Jaume Collet-Serra was the last filmmaker involved in Warner Bros.. ill-advised in-development live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo.s acclaimed manga and anime film. Warner Bros. had constantly been tamping down their ambitions, claiming it would be a trilogy, then two films, then one mega-budgeted one - the budget of which kept slipping. Even as Collett-Serra talked the budget down to $90 million ($10 million more than Grown Ups 2 cost), the studio persisted on a version »
Fan Poster by Harrell Erik Wong
Warner Bros. has been looking to get a live-action Akira movie into production for years, but it seems like they have no idea how to go about adapting it properly. Back in 2011, Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra was attached to direct it with Garrett Hedlund taking on the role of Kaneda. The movie was then put on hold after the studio decided to cut its budget down to only $90 million. Since then the director dropped out of the project, then came back on to try to develop a more scaled down version of the Katsuhiro Otomo 1988 cult classic anime. If there's one thing this movie doesn't need, it's to be scaled down.
For those of you who are curious about the film and the direction they plan on taking it, Collet-Serra recent talked about about it with Comingsoon, saying,
"It's different, because you have to »
- Joey Paur
Keeping track of the trajectory on Warner Brothers’ announced live-action remake of Akira - Katsuhiro Otomo’s highly influential 1988 anime film (adapted from his 1980 manga of the same name) – has proven challenging at best. Since receiving a green-light several years ago, the production has been put on hold not once, but twice, and endlessly cycled through directors and cast members (from Kristen Stewart to Ken Watanabe); most recently, Jaume Collet-Serra, the man behind the Liam Neeson action vehicle Unknown, walked away from the film after failing to get WB’s blessing to move forward with a $90 million dollar budget.
- Andy Crump
Back in 2011, Jaume was set to direct the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's manga and cult 1988 anime, with Garrett Hedlund in the in the lead role as Kaneda.However the studio decided $90 million budget was too big for the film and pulled the plug on the project. A year later the director, got back on the project and is currently trying to scale it down. Here's what he had to say when asked if he was still working on the project, "I'm still working on "Akira," so that's part of my life". says the director, It's great that they're waiting for me. It's different, because you have to be respectful of the source material. Otomo adapted his own work from a manga into an anime and both things are completely different and genius. The only way to do a live version of "Akira" is to take »
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