• Feb 21st 2008 at 5:27PM
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Amidst all the great animes we've been exposed to, Akira stands out. Set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, the neo-classic featured everything we've come to expect from Japan's animation wizards: stunning artwork, imaginative plot lines and absolutely killer conveyances – particularly the bikes which easily put Tron to shame.

Word is that Warner Bros. has signed a deal to create two live-action movies based on the six-volume graphic novel, with Leonardo DiCaprio helping to produce the films and Akira's creator, Katsuhior Otomo, being on hand as the executive producer. The first of the two films is expected to come to the big screen in the summer of 2009 and we have little doubt that it has the potential of blowing Speed Racer out of the water.

[Source: Variety via Winding Road]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      not usually a fan of hollywood messing with the classics , but on the other hand leonardo dicaprio ain't gonna be supporting any lame flicks . so based on that i think it could be pretty good.
      • 7 Years Ago


      I don't get the mystique.
        the focus destroyer B-)
        you dont get it?!? a child learns the power to create a new universe, and you don't understand the mystique?!? he performs this feat not once but twice, and the second time to counter that of tetsuo's, who also learns the secret and has the power?!? man, you need to get out...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Everybody has their own thing.... If anything, It'll be interesting to see how it translates to live action.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well if the creator is signed on... it couldnt turn out "THAT" bad.

      Now if he up and walks away from the project...then... well, THEN we can worry =).

      But all in all i see nothing bad with it, i would actually LIKE to see a live action version of Akira.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I want one of those moto XD they are cool as the one used in bublegum crisis by the rought girl or mospeada cicles XD

      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow this is the fourth Anime movie(if you include
      the Tekken movie made in 98) that will be turned into a live action film. Here's A list
      1.Speed racer...2008
      2.Dragon ball...2009
      4.and now this Akira...2009
      • 7 Years Ago
      Look if they are doing this movie. In all respects to the manga, the setting and location on of the story, but personally the actors have to be "JAPANESE". It looks wierd to see "WHITE" people acting the roles of JAPANESE characters. I respect everyone's comments in all ways, but its set in "NEO TOKYO", not "AMERICA", not "EUROPE" or wherever. If they can do that and stick to the script witch is in the MANGA. As long as Otomo is in the drivers seat as co-director. If they are willing to to stay true and put JAPANESE actors, then they should put it subtitled, like true manga. I bet all the OTAKU heads who collect anime will probably love it. But the movie could be amazing with kick ass effects and the like, If it is done in the way that everyone expects. But of course I must have an open mind. I'm interested to what decaprio is gonna do with it.

      • 7 Years Ago
      This does not in any way "ruin" the original. Nobody will ever be forced to watch this.I for one look forward to it, and if it sucks, it sucks.I can always watch the original.
      • 7 Years Ago
      From my experience Akira was always best watched under the influence of some mild narcotics...;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Akira took a step beyond the typical action sequence anime of the time and introduced a psychological and philosophical storyline to the genre. It may not have been the first to do something of the sort, but it was certainly one of the most unique. In addition to that, it was one of the first anime movies to get any sort of mainstream press in the US. As a result, it opened up a whole new market for anime production companies and creators. It may not be the best anime flick in existence, but it certainly does deserve its elevated status in the realm of Japanese animation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      First of all, you should know that a big mistake was made during the process of making the Akira anime movie: about 1/4 of the total budget has been used only for the opening action scene (with the bikes): after that this is why they had so much problem to end the story and maintain a high quality standard.
      Second, when the movie was made, the manga wasn't over, so Otomo wrote another ending for the movie.

      At last, I am very enthousiastic for the movie adaptation: I know that Otomo won't let his baby in unappropriate hands.
      And behind the production, there are people involved in Batman Begins and 300, two films that respect their original material.

      And I think that Elijah Wood will be a perfect Tetsuo (remember the scene when he is about to throw the ring in lava and face back to Sam ? He has the same face as tetsuo when angered).

      Akira rules !
      • 7 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOO!!!! Leave it alone!

      Arrgh, first Dragonball, then Robotech/Macross and now this. Can't say I'm really surprised, but I know Hollywood will muck it up.

      You know what's coming next. Ghost in the Shell with Lucy Liu, bleech...
      • 7 Years Ago
      awesome! i can't put into words how exited i am! even if it sucks. there is one thing that nothing can take on anime or manga and that is that the creator has no boundaries when it comes to conceal or hide meaning or use symbolism in their art. in a real live movie im pretty sure that there are going to be sacrifices, but i can only hope they actually got the main idea.

      for those who think of akira as sci-fi or postapocaliptic, remember that actually Japan is the only postapocaliptic country in the world. is an island and it got nuked twice. what you guys see as a total creation, should be consider as an educated premonition, at the time, of what Japanese society would become. but this is just one of the many subjects that are part of the story.

      regarding the main idea of the movie or series, is nothing new. if you watch enough animes you will find that the main idea of the movie is repeated many times and could be taken as a metaphor for reality. the main idea is that no matter what (nukes, super god like power, nukes, destructive evolution, nukes, super saiyans, nukes, yakuzas, nukes, etc) there is always hope, and that everyone is connected and forms part of one big everything.
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