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Jaume Collet-Serra Hired For Akira
Can he crack the troubled adaptation?

15 July 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Jaume Collet-Serra Hired For Akira

And so the motorcycle wheel turns again: Clearly looking to see if it can dig what is a high profile project out of the development mire, Warner Bros. is turning the job of bringing its version of Akira to the big screen over to what it likely considers a safe pair of hands: Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra.

Warners first bought the rights to Katsuhiro Otomo’s original Manga back in 2008 and it has been through a revolving door nightmare of directors (including Ruari Robinson and Albert Hughes), writers (Gary Whitta wrote the first draft and it’s been worked on since by Albert Torres, Iron Man’s Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Harry Potter veteran Steve Kloves, who penned the latest draft) and rumoured stars.

No actor has ever really been formally attached, though the likes of Keanu Reeves, Robert Pattinson and even Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been involved as a producer almost from the start, were rumoured.

The big sticking points seem to be both the budget – the studio would like to keep costs down and visions for the movie have been inflating towards the $200 million range – and trying to ward off criticisms about an apparent lack of fidelity to the story’s Asian origins. It doesn’t help that Otomo wrote and directed an iconic anime version in 1988.

Still, the story of biker lad Kaneda and his pal Tetsuo, the giant, dangerous government experiment that makes them enemies and the power that nearly destroys a city just won’t go away. Variety reports that Warners is looking to get the cost down to a much more manageable $90 million and Serra, who also directed horror pic Orphan, is used to working within budgets. It remains to be seen if he’s the man to see this one through the course…

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It won't work.
Not with this director. For this kind of source material, we need someone who's in the same league as, say, James Cameron. Oh wait, there ain't no one. More

Posted by kielerkai at 10:49 on 16 July 2011 | Report This Post

Pixar Directors
Give it to on one of the Pixar directors. These guys know how to craft a story and they seem almost obsessive about nailing the script long before going into production. Something as complex as AKIRA needs some clever people behind it and Stanton or Bird or Docter would be ideal in realising this. More

Posted by TheSomnambulist at 06:28 on 16 July 2011 | Report This Post

Bottom line.
Will it be as good as the anime? No, it will not. Wish I could be upbeat about this, but there's no way Hollywood won't balls this up in some way More

Posted by Lemure at 18:29 on 15 July 2011 | Report This Post

Here's a different idea...
If you cant afford to make a movie for $90m then dont do it. That's a good budget for anyone to work with. A bigger one would not necessarily lead to quality. If anything, a smaller budget may force a director to be more creative and possibly reduce studio interference. Love to see this made well but looks less likely as time goes by. More

Posted by acsnarf at 14:37 on 15 July 2011 | Report This Post

What I wouldn't give...
to have a look at the latest draft of the screenplay. This movie has been through hell already. My confidence is actually building up in the hopes that the live action flick won't ever be made. Any remake or reinterpretation can be done well, but the odds are STACKED against success. Too many issues with money, money, and money. That's what it all boils down to. I'm trying to envision what 90m would give Akira. If it's a duo of films like the original plan, then it better be 90m each and not fo More

Posted by Johnny_A at 14:32 on 15 July 2011 | Report This Post

Here's an idea...
If you can't afford to make a $200m movie - DON'T DO IT. Why waste $90m on something that's just going to be rebooted (again) by someone who can afford it? Just wait a while, the market will pick up..... Oh forget it. More

Posted by Simon124 at 13:36 on 15 July 2011 | Report This Post

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