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Film Sketchr, recently came across concept art that was created by Howard Lau, for Jaume Collet-Serra incarnation of Akira. Over the years, Warner Bros. has made several attempts at bringing a live-action remake of the classic anime film to the silver screen, but have come up empty each time. The closest they came was 2011-2012, with Jaume Collet-Serra set to direct and Garrett Hedlund set to play the lead, Kaneda. Budget concerns eventually shutdown production, even though the director made drastic cuts to make it more appealing to WB. The cast was rumored to have Kristen Stewart as the female lead (Ky), Ken Watanabe as The Colonel, Helena Bonham Carter as Lady Miyako, and Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire") and Dane DeHaan ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2") were in the mix for Tetsuo. You can read a description of the plot below the Masaru images. As for the images below, for those »
Variety is reporting that Collet-Serra is in talks to return to "Akira." He left the Americanized version of "Akira" after Warner Bros. shut down pre-production in early 2012 to fix the movie's script.
According to Variety's report, WB loves Collet-Serra's vision for "Akira" so much that they opted to return to him instead of looking at other directors like "Catfish's" Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Sources tell the site that Collet-Serra found a way to keep the "Akira" budget down to what Warner Bros. considers manageable this time around.
Akiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiira-what? Apparently you can’t kill Akira, or the movie “Akira”. Variety now reports that the film is back on, with Jaume Collet-Serra back in the saddle to direct after bailing on the project last year. Of course, “Akira” has been bouncing around Warner Bros. for years now, with the studio wanting a smaller and smaller budget. Which is silly. Why bother making a futuristic “Akira” movie in the first place if you’re going to quibble with the budget? Am I right? If all goes well (and that’s a mighty big If there, chief), the film will go into production as early Spring 2014. If. »
It would seem the troubled "Akira" remake is getting back on track at Warner Bros. Pictures. Jaume Collet-Serra ("Unknown," "Non Stop") is in discussions to return to the director's chair after departing the project back in early 2012 when the studio shut down pre-production on the project.
The original's story was set in a neon-lit futuristic post-nuclear war "New Tokyo" in 2019. Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a secret government project known as Akira. Trying to save him, Kaneda runs into anti-government activists, corrupt politicians, irresponsible scientists and a despotic military leader.
The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to not only death but the uncovering of the truth about Akira that the government tried to bury three decades before. The story was previously adapted into a 1988 anime film which is considered a classic of the genre. This version is expected to stick »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. had been exploring other options at the helm, including Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, but, ultimately, the studio was still fond of Jaume Collet-Serra vision for this live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Ôtomo's beloved manga. The director not only found an opening in his schedule, but also found a different way to approach the movie and trim the $90 million budget, which is why production was halted in the first place. It isn't known what the new budget figure is at this time.
Steve Kloves and Albert Torres had previously worked on the script, but it isn't known if the studio had brought in new writers. Garrett Hedlund had been attached to play Kaneda, the leader of a biker gang who »
A new collection of fantastic concept art has surfaced from the live-action adaptation of Akira film that never ended up happening. Who knows, maybe one day it will happen? In the meantime, just go watch the original anime movie because it's badass!
The concept art you see here comes from several different artists for several different directors that were attached to the project over the years. There's a lot of fantastic artwork here that features Tetsuo's big finale, the bowling alley, the freeway, the Ducati Demolitore, the Marquee bar, and more!
Concept Art by Rodolfo Dimaggio, possibly for director Jaume Collet-Serra.
Here's a description of the film they were trying to make:
Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel. »
- Joey Paur
If you've been following the saga of Warner Bros. failed attempt to make a live-action remake of Akira, you will know that the studio has gone through at least three directors. Below you you will see concept art that Tommy Lee Edwards created for Albert Hughes' ("The Book of Eli") version. Then there is Tim Flattery's artwork, which I believe was intended for Irish short film director, Ruairi Robinson. Lastly, there is Rodolfo Dimaggio artwork of Tetsuo's big finale, the bowling alley, the freeway, Ducati Demolitore, and the Marquee bar. I'm speculating, but the art seems to fit with Jaume Collet-Serra's ("Orphan") vision. Concept Art by Tim Flattery Concept Art by Rodolfo Dimaggio Backlot Bar Marquee Ducati Demolitore Bowling Alley Tetsuo Concept Art by Tommy Lee Edwards, via filmsketchr.blogspot.com Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted »
Producer Joel Silver is trying to get his live-action Ben 10 movie to the big screen, and he's hired another screenwriter to take a crack at the script. Up-and-coming writer Ryan Engle (Rampage) has landed the job, and he will work off the script previously written by Albert Torres (Akira).
I've watched a couple of episodes of Ben 10, and from what I've seen it looks like it could make for a fun kid's action movie. The story revolves around a character named Ben Tennyson, a boy that can transform into 10 different alien creatures with the help of a glovelike device called the Omnitrix. Silver previously talked about the film, explaining,
I think we have to try something fresh and go at it in a way that stays true to the original material. I have a 5-year-old and a 9-year-old, so it's somewhere between them. I tried to do (something »
- Joey Paur
Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver (Die Hard, The Matrix) have been quietly developing a live-action movie based upon the popular kid's cartoon series and merchandising machine Ben 10 for a couple of years, but it seems that the young hero is still no closer to making his debut on the big screen, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that up-and-coming screenwriter Ryan Engle has now been brought in to work on the script.
Having made the Black List with his unproduced screenplay On a Clear Day, Engle was hired by New Line to pen the script for a feature based upon the classic video game Rampage, while he's also written the comic book adaptation The New West for New Regency. Engle replaces Albert Torres (Henry Poole Is Here, Akira) on Ben 10, but it's unclear whether he'll be working on Torres' script, or producing an entirely new draft from scratch. »
- Flickering Myth
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