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    Default Leonardo DiCaprio to Produce Live-Action "Akira"

    Leonardo DiCaprio will produce "Akira," a live-action adaptation of the classic manga and anime by Katsuhiro Otomo. Screenwriter and former PC Gamer Editor-in-Chief Gary Whitta will provide the script.

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    ARGH!!! Lame. Just lame.

    Please, stop the remake train; I'd like to get off now.

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    There is no way this can be good at all. Akira might be my favorite fictional work ever, and there are so many reasons why this project shouldn't happen. The animation is the best adaptation of the original story and if that can't convince an audience of its great achievements there is no way a live-action will.

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    I figured it wont be long until we see an americanized version of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrBoukas View Post
    There is no way this can be good at all. Akira might be my favorite fictional work ever, and there are so many reasons why this project shouldn't happen. The animation is the best adaptation of the original story and if that can't convince an audience of its great achievements there is no way a live-action will.
    See, I'm thinking the exact opposite. The story in Akira was kind of crap. It's the art, and later, the animation that made it work. Which you lose in live action. But seriously, the story was crap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneGold View Post
    See, I'm thinking the exact opposite. The story in Akira was kind of crap. It's the art, and later, the animation that made it work. Which you lose in live action. But seriously, the story was crap.
    In most ways it kinda was but like you said I admire the visualization and Tetsuo was an intresting character.
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    I seem to recall reading several years back that Stephen Norrington wanted to direct an Akira movie, but everyone bailed when they figured what the budget would need to be.

    I liked Akira well enough, but I don't consider it sacred enough to be unremakable. Hell, the plot is basically just a Star Trek episode with biker gangs thrown in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy khouri
    The live-action version of “Akira” has long been in development at Warner Bros., with producers Jon Peters (“Superman Returns”) and Basil Iwanyk (“Firewall”) having been involved at various times, as well as directors Stephen Norrington (“Blade”) and Pitof (“Catwoman”). No director has yet been confirmed, nor is it known whether DiCaprio intends to star in “Akira.”
    I liked Akira okay, but I'm really not especially a fan of manga or anime, per se. I also try not to be one of those people who assumes that a movie that hasn't been made yet is going to suck based on some speculative casting or dorectorial announcements. But ...

    Sweet jumping Jesus, just reading about the very possibility, even unrealized, of a live action Akira movie directed by the talentless hack who shat out Catwoman scared the crap out of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jared View Post

    I liked Akira well enough, but I don't consider it sacred enough to be unremakable. Hell, the plot is basically just a Star Trek episode with biker gangs thrown in.
    I have to agree, except I really don't think there's enough in Akira worth trying to turn live action. The story is pretty damn slim. And hands up, anyone want to tell me how exactly it ends?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalorama View Post
    I liked Akira okay, but I'm really not especially a fan of manga or anime, per se. I also try not to be one of those people who assumes that a movie that hasn't been made yet is going to suck based on some speculative casting or dorectorial announcements. But ...

    Sweet jumping Jesus, just reading about the very possibility, even unrealized, of a live action Akira movie directed by the talentless hack who shat out Catwoman scared the crap out of me.
    Umm... I don't think you can hold Catwoman against him. It didn't work on so many levels that I don't think there was anything he could do but turn down a paycheck and risk screwing up a relationship with movie studios. Nobody sets out to make Catwoman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx110 View Post
    Umm... I don't think you can hold Catwoman against him.
    Watch me.

    Breaking it down, I don't see anything wrong with Catwoman conceptually or structurally that would have inevitably resulted in a bad movie. The same basic story and cast, in the hands of a competent director, could have turned out okay. The problem was that it was directed by a music video director who clearly had no idea how to structure a narrative and, at the same time, lacked the level of visual dexterity and imagination that could have resulted in the style being compelling enough to overcome the utter lack of substance (the kind of trick that Michael Bay has made a career of pulling off). He's far and away the most responsible for the movie's utter creative failure, as far as I'm concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneGold View Post
    I have to agree, except I really don't think there's enough in Akira worth trying to turn live action. The story is pretty damn slim. And hands up, anyone want to tell me how exactly it ends?
    I dunno, I think there's enough there for at least a pretty good sci-fi blockbuster. There's a dystopian future wracked with civl unrest, a shadowy goverment conspiracy, shootouts, bike chases, and battles with super psychics. Wrap it all up with a love story, and a cautionary tale of how power corrupts. Nothing terrible groundbreaking, but none of the individual elments of The Matrix were all that fresh either. But I don't know if I'd trust the Catwoman guy with it, as it has to be a big budget film.

    Actually, I was shocked to see that it's as a manga (which I've not read), it spans multiple volumes. It just didn't seem like a story that needs all that much space to tell.

    I'm not real clear about the ending myself. Akira pulled Testuo into a new universe? It was Akira creating a new universe that caused the explosion that devestated Tokyo in the backstory?
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    Get ready for more random bitching. Joseph Gordon Levitt is Tetsuo.

    http://www.aintitcool.com/node/35680


    And according to the article, Leo'll probably be Kaneda.
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