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Warner, Leonardo DiCaprio to Produce Live-Action Akira


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"The Hollywood Reporter and Variety entertainment trade periodicals both report that Warner Brothers and Appian Way, the production company of actor Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, [FONT=DejaVu Sans, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif][FONT=DejaVu Sans, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]The [/FONT][FONT=DejaVu Sans, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]Aviator[/FONT][/FONT]), will adapt Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga into two live-action films. Each film will cover three volumes of the renowned science-fiction manga about a governmental genetic project and a teenager's attempt to save a fellow biker gang member."

"The manga set in Neo-Tokyo, a city rebuilt after being destroyed in a mysterious explosion. Otomo directed his own animated film adaptation that premiered on July 16, 1988 — the same day that the story has the fictional Tokyo being destroyed. The first live-action film is scheduled for release in the summer of 2009 and will move the story's setting to "'New Manhattan,' a city rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years ago."

"Ireland's Ruairi Robinson will be making his feature directorial debut with this project, and Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) is writing a script. Warner Brothers once had the film rights for Akira before, but Executive Vice-President Greg Silverman (300, Batman Begins) had to re-acquire them from Kodansha after a round of pitched bidding that reached seven figures. Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar, DiCaprio, and Appian Way's Jennifer Davisson will produce. No announcement has been made regarding the cast."

"Update: The free version of Hollywood Reporter's article is now active, and more information about the original manga and anime adaptation have been added."

"Update 2: The Hollywood Reporter's article added a picture of the Akira character from CAPCOM's Rival School (Rival Gakuen) videogames. This Akira character is entirely unrelated to either Katsuhiro Otomo's manga or the planned live-action movies. Robinson directed "The Silent City" short with Cillian Murphy ([FONT=DejaVu Sans, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif][FONT=DejaVu Sans, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]Batman [/FONT][FONT=DejaVu Sans, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]Begins'[/FONT][/FONT] Scarecrow) and the Oscar-nominated "Fifty Percent Grey" [FONT=DejaVu Sans, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif][FONT=DejaVu Sans, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]animated [/FONT][FONT=DejaVu Sans, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]short[/FONT][/FONT]. Whitta was the editor-in-chief of PC Gamer magazine and the writer of the comic-book adaptation of the Death Jr. videogame." Source: ANN

This is pretty interesting. What do you guy/girls think?
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I'm not automatically against it. |:

It could work well


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Could be good. I never really liked the anime but doesn't mean it can be turned into a good piece of work. I like Leonardo anyway. He's a great actor.


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I cant beleive that they are going to change the story from Neo_Tokyo, to Neo Manhattan.......Otomo's work is so classic, why try to Americanize it? arg...for shame....

I guess I will still be excited to see it, as Akira is one of my favs.


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As I say every time I am usually against it but it could work out well


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This is just one of those movies better left as an anime to the ages. I think it will suck regardless of the fact I like Leo.
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I disagree. This movie could actually be closer to the original manga since it'll be taking more time to cover the material


..I guess I was suprised when I saw "The Beach", so.. And if they manage to supress Leo a bit until the end, I suppose it might work..