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Akira's Been Shut Down. Again.
More budget and/or script issues...

06 January 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Akira's Been Shut Down. Again.

Somebody* really, really really doesn’t want the live action remake of anime adventure Akira to happen. Because the film is back in limbo after Warner Bros. executives ordered the production offices shut down so more work can be done on the script.

According to the Heat Vision blog, the film, which finally seemed to be getting close to shooting this year, is still a big headache for the studio, though the exact reason appears unclear. The main suspect seems to be the movie’s old enemy: its script, which is still giving problems.

Though director Jaume Collet-Serra and the producers had sliced the size of the budget and begun dragging in a cast including Garrett Hedlund, Ken Watanabe, Helena Bonham Carter and Kristen Stewart, the issues mean that they may now end up booked when Akira pulls itself back on its feet.

Tthat "when" not "if" seems to be the prevailing thought right now: Warners has invested a lot of time and money developing this behemoth and isn’t going to let it just fade away into history as one of the big failed projects. But given how budget conscious even the large studios have become recently, it makes sense that everyone involved is trying to be careful…

*Possibly everybody.


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Well...
...it's one less film for Kristen Stewart to mope her way through. More

Posted by Kickflip at 18:15 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

This could be the best news ever this year!!!
Bout time they dropped it. Just look at the "remake" of The Thing!!! Still, was a little curious on how it would look! It could look amazing, but garanteed, let down by an awful script! More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 18:36 on 08 January 2012 | Report This Post

Still unsure
I would like to see a live-action remake of Akira, but I really think an American studio is the wrong way to go. The likes of Night Watch and Death Note have shown that blockbuster-quality films can be made by studios outside Hollywood, so why not let a Japanese studio develop the film, ask them to film it in English, and give them $20mil or so, and I'm sure they'd do a fantastic job and you've got a film you can market in America. More

Posted by onthemightofprinces at 23:39 on 07 January 2012 | Report This Post

Still unsure
I would like to see a live-action remake of Akira, but I really think an American studio is the wrong way to go. The likes of Night Watch and Death Note have shown that blockbuster-quality films can be made by studios outside Hollywood, so why not let a Japanese studio develop the film, ask them to film it in English, and give them $20mil or so, and I'm sure they'd do a fantastic job and you've got a film you can market in America. More

Posted by onthemightofprinces at 23:39 on 07 January 2012 | Report This Post

Here here!
The recently released Blu Ray/DVD is mint! Just get that ... and then the books if you want to go deeper. More

Posted by Nicky C at 13:29 on 07 January 2012 | Report This Post

Boring!
This is probably a sign that this idea should be scraped! The pointless mainstream hollywood remakes are getting so tedious now. If you want Akira stick to the original Manga! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 18:40 on 06 January 2012 | Report This Post

GOOD, with any luck this totally pointless remake will never ever been made. This is the best piece of film news i've heard in a long time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by kitfisto at 13:18 on 06 January 2012 | Report This Post

As Professor Farnsworths says in Futurama -
'Good news everybody'. A live action version always a bad idea and amazingly there's a bright spark at Warners saw this and used the 'cancelled for budgetary reasons' excuse. More

Posted by Taz69 at 12:30 on 06 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: It shouldn't be live action anyway, a CGI update would be a better bet.
Yeah, but d'ya know what DID have state-of-the-art CGI effects and action sequences, huge sets, broad canvas, heavy themes and hard R-rated violence all for just $30m? District 9. And it was a box-office smash. More

Posted by alsybroth at 10:58 on 06 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: It shouldn't be live action anyway, a CGI update would be a better bet.
L: boredbluekoala that awful Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts 'comedy' cost $30 million, and it had no effects, no huge sets, no broad canvas (and no comedy) o but it had Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. Hanks's going rate for work is $15m and Robert's is $10m so that's your budget right there. If they put not superstars in akira that shouldn't be a problem More

Posted by Osric at 10:52 on 06 January 2012 | Report This Post

It shouldn't be live action anyway, a CGI update would be a better bet.
A film of this scope for $70 million, I don't think that can be done, I mean that awful Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts 'comedy' cost $30 million, and it had no effects, no huge sets, no broad canvas (and no comedy) More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 10:24 on 06 January 2012 | Report This Post

Y'know what? GIVE ME THE JOB!
I'll pen a script for them if they want! I'll keep it hard-R rated, split into 2 films, keep it faithful to the 6-book manga, set it in Neo-TOKYO with Japanese or Japanese-american actors but spoken all in English (if its done in oscar-winning holocaust films, you can do it in science-fantasy flicks, OK?). Right there I've just saved you millions of $$ from expensive A-list actor fees, location fees, saved time on creative decision-making changes, given you 2 flicks for the price of one kept the More

Posted by alsybroth at 09:57 on 06 January 2012 | Report This Post

Good!
It's a deeply beloved work that would be easy to get wrong, especially if you make the MISTAKE of trying to dilute it for tweenagers. I think the problem is that they're trying to load a franchise (as ever) when they should just be concerned about making a movie that people want to see. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:54 on 06 January 2012 | Report This Post

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