It’s taken Masashi Teshima seven years (and the equivalent of $121,000) to build his Akira bike and while it’s not the only such project, it’s the only one to get Otomo’s official stamp of approval. Teshima’s cross-country ride—during which he’s raising money for autism research—will terminate in Tokyo, where it’ll then be displayed at an “art of Katsuhiro Otomo” exhibition.
It’s unknown as to whether there will ever be an American live action Akira movie at this point. It’s been off and on and off again so many times, I’m thinking that if it does happen, it might be a ways down the road. In any case, a couple storyboards leaked of what the film might have looked like.
second third fourth time for the Akira movie looking like it was ago, with a script, a cast and other essentials, it looks like Warner Bros has pulled the plug on the project again, citing that the movie would cost too much. Well… I could have told you a live action Akira movie would cost a shit ton of money and I’m not even a Hollywood exec.
So far, we’ve got the possibility of Garrett Hedlund as Kaneda and now we’ve got a possible name for the role of Tetsuo— Alden Ehrenreich. You’ve probably never heard of him, and honestly I’m only interested in it because Alden Ehrenreich is the cousin of my brother-in-law, which I guess makes him my… cousin-in-law? I’ve never met him, but I’ve met his mom, who’s super awesome and brought over strawberries when me and my wife were visiting LA. So that’s something.
So it looks like the American live-action remake of Akira is going ahead for real whether you like it or not. There’s already talks of Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham-Carter in the movie and now it looks like Garrett Hedlund might be playing Kaneda.
For a couple years, the American live action Akira remake was on again, off again, supposedly starring people like Leonardo Di Caprio and Keanu Reeves and then off again and now it’s on again, this time with the rumors that Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter have been offered parts. Okay, if it’s got Gary Oldman in it, my faith is somewhat restored.
If you’re a fan of Akira, perhaps one of the best Christmas gifts you could get for yourself or someone else could get for you this year would be this awesome replica jacket, just like the one worn by Kaneda. Yeah, it’s just under $1000, but what were you going to do with that money anyway?
With the script to Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Django Unchained just completed, there’s already rumors on who might play the lead: Will Smith. The film follows a runaway slave teaming up with a German bounty hunter on a search for the slave’s wife.
Back in 2009, the site Racebending.com was started to protest the “whitewashing” of Hollywood, that is to say, white actors being cast into non-white roles, with the perception that Hollywood doesn’t think that non-white actors are nearly as bankable in big budget films as white actors. There was the controversy with the casting of Aang in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, and now is the controversy of non-Asians being considered for lead roles in the upcoming live action remake of Akira.
As if my confidence that Hollywood could pull of a live action version of Akira already wasn’t low enough, now the rumor is that Zac Efron might be playing Kaneda has sunk that confidence well into the negatives. That and the news that the R-rated script from years ago is being reworked into a more family-friendly and fast food cross-promotional PG-13.