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    Default Live-action Akira movie in the works

    Coming next year, Warner Brothers will do a live-action 2 part movie based on the popular Japanese animated masterpiece of Sci-fi and the popular comic books.

    Leonardo Dicaprio is set to produce the film.

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    Default Re: Live-action Akira movie in the works

    Unfortunately the movie production was shut down for a 5th time 2 weeks ago.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hea...er-bros-278729

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    Default Akira 2 & 3

    Coming Soon:
    Exclusive: Director Jaume Collet-Serra Dishes His Vision for Akira
    Quote Originally Posted by Max Evry
    ComingSoon.net: When you were working on "Akira"

    Collet-Serra: I'm still working on "Akira," so that's part of my life. (laughs)

    CS: That's great that you're sticking with it despite the bumps in the road.

    Collet-Serra: It's great that they're waiting for me. It's different, because you have to be respectful of the source material. Otomo adapted his own work from a manga into an anime and both things are completely different and genius. The only way to do a live version of "Akira" is to take the spirit and adapt it. It will be as different as the anime was from the manga.

    CS: What worries myself and a lot of the other fans of the property is you have elements that are commercial and sexy, like the motorbikes or the jaw-dropping futuristic backdrop, but for the most part it's a very cerebral work. How do you maintain the essence of that without diluting it into essentially "Blade Runner: Mark 2"?

    Collet-Serra: I think you cannot make a movie about "Akira" and hope that everyone understands it. Like everything else, you have to make three or four movies in one where there's the essence somewhere. If you're a fan, you already know what it's about and you'll see it's part of the same world, but trying to oversimplify it would be a mistake. I think if at some point a character tries to explain it to the audience at the end of the second act, that's a problem. It's more like an existential opera. It's something that can only be explained in the manga, and even in the anime it's hard to follow.

    CS: And we all have that original anime, it's there, nothing can sully it, so if you were going to do it in live-action one would hope you would bring something new to the table. What is it you are bringing specifically that is going to make it yours?

    Collet-Serra: I hope that I can bring strong characters. In the original source material, I don't think the main characters are the protagonists. What I'm hoping is to bring characters.

    CS: That's true. It's one of those strange stories where you literally never see the main character that is the namesake of the film!

    Collet-Serra: Nobody's interesting. Tetsuo's interesting because weird sh*t happens to him, and Kaneda is so two-dimensional. That's part of the Japanese culture, they never have strong characters. They're used as a way to move the other philosophy forward.

    CS: They're ciphers.

    Collet-Serra: Yeah. So hopefully in my version that will be strong, and you'll have a story that happens in that world that will show you a little bit of the mystery. Then, if you're interested, they'll make "Akira 2 & 3" then you can get deeper into it. I love the world, a lot of people love that world, so why wouldn't we indulge in it a little bit and see how it would be if it was real? Like you say I don't have to explain everything, but wouldn't you like to spend two-hours in a world of "Akira" and follow a character and be like, "that's cool"? That's all I want to offer, is two-hours in a world you can actually feel. We're working on it.

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    Default Re: Live-action Akira movie in the works

    Sounds like it might follow the comics more

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