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Could Keanu Reeves Tackle Akira?
Warners wants him as Kaneda

06 May 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Heat Vision Blog

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Despite screaming from fan quarters that was louder than Tetsuo shouts in Katsuhiro Otomo’s beloved anime version, Warner Bros. is ploughing ahead on its plan to make a live-action take on Akira. And now the studio is talking to Keanu Reeves about playing Kaneda.

It’s been a long, hard road for Warners as it tries to get the film going. The script has been through multiple drafts and more than one big name (including James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Robert Pattinson) has flirted with the idea of playing one of the two lead roles.

But if the executives and director Albert Hughes can convince Reeves to play the motorbike gang leader who tries to help his friend when Tetsuo becomes part of a dangerous experiment that threatens Neo-Tokyo, that might just have a domino effect in convincing other actors to sign on board.

It remains to be seen whether this is a good idea no matter who appears in it, but at least Reeves has a little experience in big action epics. Will he sign on? We’ll find out soon enough, but there’s not even a formal offer on the table just yet. And if he does agree, but the film turns out badly, expect a lot more of this.


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RE: Umm
L: nickysklar Isn't he a little old to be a teenage biker gang leader? aybe they'll de-age him... or he'll be a middle-aged teenage biker gang leader... Are we really talking about the same Kaneda? The same Akira? The one with themes of self-isolation, power and corruption which can only really effectively told from the point of view of a young protagonist, coming from a place of powerlessness, innocence and having a sense of unity and 'family', albeit a disfunctional extended More

Posted by KeithM at 14:52 on 07 May 2011 | Report This Post

NOT AGAIN!!!!
First Seven Samurai and now this! Has the US got it in for Japan? First Hiroshima, then the earthquake (see Haarp) and now Akira! FFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC CCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! More

Posted by Spaldron at 01:16 on 07 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: CANADAAAAAA I mean KAANEDAAAAA
L: hemibell I can't believe tripe like this gets greenlit. It will come out, then all the kids will think they're cool cos they've seen Akira and never heard of the original. Whenever a classic cult film gets remade, the original loses its pride in my opinion. So whenever a remake emerges the original suddenly becomes worse? How ridiculous. Judging by your comments I'd say the opposite should be perceived and a remake should appear to make the original better. More

Posted by rossyboy1 at 01:04 on 07 May 2011 | Report This Post

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