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wiki, for those that havent yet heard of this project:

 

In the early 1990s, Kodansha Ltd. was in negotiation with Sony Pictures to produce a live-action remake of the film. Talk circulated again a decade later,[13] but the project has yet to materialize. Rumors circulated that the project was cancelled in both instances when the projected budget for the film was upwards of $300 million.

 

Recent talks have begun again as Warner Brothers has signed on to produce the movie with Stephen Norrington (writer) and Jon Peters (producer).[14] Akira will be developed into two live action films with the first scheduled for a summer 2009 release.[15] Warner Brothers and Appian Way will adapt the two movies from the manga, with each one covering three volumes. Akira will be Ruairi Robinson's directorial debut for a feature film. He was nominated for a short film Oscar in 2002 for Fifty Percent Grey. Gary Whitta is writing the script. Andrew Lazar, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Davisson will produce the film. No announcement has been made regarding the cast.

 

The new expected date is February 2, 2011[16] but all dates are still unofficial.

 

so yeah, the live action no one asked for, but the idea that its gonna stick more faithfully to the manga is refreshing, despite the new setting. guess we'll see, but get in all that hate now before we're pre-paying for tickets, people!

 

 

ps must...resist...urge...to merge...

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Why haven't I heard about this?!?

Akira was the first anime I owned, and I think the first manga I read as a kid (Marvel was publishing it under their sub-publication (a-la Vertigo) who's name I unforgivably forget. Damn you booze). Ranma 1/2 was read somewhere around the same time, so it may have been second. Anywhoozle, it doesn't matter.

This is cool news, man! I hope it isn't horrible.

I would suck a donkey dick for Kaneda's motorcycle. I mean that.

Someone, please, give me the opportunity to prove it.

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(Marvel was publishing it under their sub-publication (a-la Vertigo) who's name I unforgivably forget. Damn you booze).

 

EPIC! Phew, thank god. That was gonna bug me for weeks.

 

I had to actually rummage through my longboxes to figure that out. Becoming a sad forgetful old man sucks.

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The first I heard of this it was slated for this summer, right? Jeez, I hope they don't ruin this one. Akira is such a classic. I'd lose what little hope I have left for Hollywood if it was even 100x better than DB Evolution. Pah.

 

Logan: Internerds tells me there's three working replicas of the bike in existence. I just might lick the donkey's balls if I can take a ride, too :sad:

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Logan: Internerds tells me there's three working replicas of the bike in existence. I just might lick the donkey's balls if I can take a ride, too :hmm:

 

A ride would be cool, but I'm not performing any acts of depravity for it.

I want the bike. I would let a donkey ravage me in any way it saw fit to own it. I could just ride away my pain/shame later. Granted, it wouldn't be quite as fun while crying and with a prolapsed anus, but it's well worth it in the long run.

Make it happen Dowe. I will make a YouPorn video for the ages and share the proceeds.

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A ride would be cool, but I'm not performing any acts of depravity for it.

I want the bike. I would let a donkey ravage me in any way it saw fit to own it. I could just ride away my pain/shame later. Granted, it wouldn't be quite as fun while crying and with a prolapsed anus, but it's well worth it in the long run.

Make it happen Dowe. I will make a YouPorn video for the ages and share the proceeds.

 

In retrosepct, would you even be able to sit on the bike after a Donkey's had you?

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FUCK

 

A Hollywood theatrical adaptation of classic manga/anime Akira was previously thought to be safely cancelled, but now it appears Warner Brothers has reanimated the project, and it is set to shamble forth from the grave, for release in 2011, with a sequel already on the cards…

 

The source froths enthusiastically about the impending disaster:

 

According to my source, screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, guys whose work I like, are about to turn in their version of an “Akira” movie and the reason why the project has been so quiet is they’ve been hard at work trying to get the script right.

 

For those that aren’t familiar with their work, they wrote the amazing adaptation of “Children of Men” and they’re also credited with “Iron Man” (although a lot of that movie was written on the set). But my point still stands that I like their work and I’m happy they’re taking a crack at it.

 

Also, while I couldn’t get a lot of info about what changes are being made from the anime to make the feature film work, I did confirm the story is still set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan in the near future. I also confirmed the famous motorcycle is definitely a part of the film, but that bit of info shouldn’t surprise anyone.

 

From what I could gather, the movie is still a priority for the studio, and if the script meets with approval from key people, the movie could go into production in 2010 with a release date in 2011. Also, this isn’t going to be some mid-range budget movie. If the film goes into production, it’s going to be one of those BIG event movies.

 

Of course, everything I just wrote is based on a lot of factors, but that’s where the project currently stands. Anyone hoping for an “Akira” live-action movie should cross their fingers that Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby’s screenplay is great and everyone involved gets excited. I’ll have more on this story as I hear it.

 

Lest you forget, this is set to be a Dragonball-esque Hollywood star vehicle (Leonardo DiCaprio was rumoured to be involved), now set in New Manhattan and looking set to dispense with every aspect of the original, save its big red bikes and gang violence.

 

With the chances of a character called “Akira” even appearing in the feature looking slim, it seems obvious the only objective of the project is the usual ferocious cash-in of the kind of quality IP Hollywood so desperately lacks…

 

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at this point, im glad. i hope every one of you people out there that thinks every comic/manga/animated piece would work well as a film takes a step back before saying these things so much in the future. we lucked out with Watchmen and you all know it. the only idea worse than this is the impending Cowboy Bebop one...ugh.

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Man you're all a buncha haters. Considering the film is supposedly pretty damn close to the Manga story outside of some setting issues, it COULD turn out ok, adaptations are not automatically shit. With a good budget it could be amazing, with the wrong crew it could be shit, much like any other translated property. If they decide to dragonball it, and change everything that made the original story what it was, then it will suck, if they stay reasonably close, then it had a good chance of being a fun watch. Neo-Tokyo could look great in live action, and some of the stuff from the last half of the manga would be incredible to see in motion. Passing judgment before ANYTHING has even been shown is a bit premature I think. So I'm glad its back on.

 

As for bebop, again it's a wait and see. It's essentially a Hong Kong action movie in anime form for its main arc, and if they stick to that, it'll probably be decent, so long as the rumors of Keanu Reeves playing Spike end up being false.

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Cowboy Bebop's not too surreal for its core story (non-mushroom stuff) but i just dont see it being captured well. I was at least expecting Guyver or something as decent live-action, cmon!

again, itd be great to be totally wrong here. its just, were starting on the foot of changing up details like the entire Neo Tokyo thing (i guess its up to you how central the setting is, we both agreed Hellblazer had far more troubles than being in NY).

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