Warner Bros revs up live action Akira
Manga classic set for two-movie adaptation
Warner Bros has announced a two-movie live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's six-volume Akira, the first of which will be fast-tracked for a 2009 release, Variety reports.
Each installment will encompass three volumes of the original work, which has already graced the silver screen in a 1988 Otomo-helmed animation. Short film and commercials vet Ruairi Robinson will make his feature directorial debut working from a script by Gary Whitta. Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way will co-produce, while Otomo keeps an eye on proceedings from the executive producer's chair.
So far so good, but the Times suggests that Akira purists may not be entirely happy with the fact that the story is set in New Manhattan, rather than the futuristic Tokyo of the original Manga classic.
There are as yet no casting details available for the project. ®
Yup. Warner Bros has a special talent for ruining stories. At least they are good at something. LOL.
I wonder if they noticed?
... that one of the magical things about the original 'Akira' was the score? You know, that piece of originally-composed music that serves as a wonderful counterpoint to the action? ( 'Doll's Polyphony' is absolutely marvelous - playing it now).
No doubt we will be served with a big fat ladle of shite BMM-BMM-TSHH-BMM-BMM-TSHH crap.
As with almost everything 'Merka and the 'Merkins do now days, it's no wonder the rest of the world dislikes them so much.
I heard something on the radio a while back about what makes films successful in the USA. It suggested that if a film isn't set in the USA it can often be a turn-off for US audiences.
If this remake causes one person to seek out the original for the first time then at least some good will come of it.