Live-Action Akira Movie May Still Happen

By Eugene . February 15, 2014 . 2:00pm

Director Jaume Collet-Serra recently gave an exclusive interview with Coming Soon, where he spilled the beans on a potential live-action movie adaptation of Akira, which he hopes will be his next project. In the interview, he told the site the following:

 

“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.”

 

We’re not sure what to make of that, seeing how shows like The Last Airbender and Dragonball have done with Western releases. He also ruminates that one “cannot” make a movie such as Akira “and hope everyone understands it”. You can read the full interview here.

 

In addition, Anime News Network posted new concept art of the stalled Akira film from artist James Clyne—who did work on Avatar—which does, admittedly, look rather good. One can only hope that if and when a live-action version of Akira goes ahead, it’ll turn out the way we dream it will be.

 

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  • Just Tim

    Oh, God. I hope this is not another case of Race Lifting by Hollywood.

    • DCBlackbird

      I’m afraid so. I guess the abundance of white actors leads to some white washing.

  • Detrimont

    not really gaming news… but oh well, it’s Akira

  • Altin

    If it is treated like Rurouni Kenshin, there might be chance that it might turn out to be good.

    • デ オオカミ

      Or not so good if you didn’t like Kenshin’s adaptation :p

      • Altin

        Meh, I liked it. At least it was better than Death Note.

        To be frank, I am actually hyped for their rendition of the Kyoto Arc.

        • MPHavoc

          Same here, I loved the movie. It felt very attuned to the spirit of Rurouni Kenshin. I can’t wait to see who they get to play Shishio in the sequel.

          • Altin

            And that’s where it might get funny. It will be Tatsuya Fujiwara – the one who played Shuya Nanahara in Battle Royale and…Light in Death Note :D

          • デ オオカミ

            I was also curious about Shishio until they made him look like a pile of dung wrapped in toilet paper >_>’;

  • harmonyworld

    ughh ew
    it’s gonna be so bad.
    why do they continue these things
    do they remember the dragon ball live action movie
    the DoA movie
    the street fighter movie
    come on dude, just leave it alone

    • Hines Green III

      KoF movie makes me cri

    • MPHavoc

      Ugh, the DoA movie is especially criminal since it shamed two franchises instead of one.

    • Ric Vazquez

      I still have a bit of cancer left from that one, Hollywood utterly sucks at adapting anime/manga/japanese franchises to movies.

  • Godmars

    The funny thing is someone could, and technically already has, make an Akira movie in all this time. Could have made a dozens of them.

  • Charles Parker

    “seeing how shows like The Last Airbender and Dragonball have done with Western releases.”

    The last airbender was a western show from the beginning. Also, those characters in the concept art looks WAY too white to fit the bill.

    • harmonyworld

      Well, airbender is a western show, but the characters in the show are more chinese or east asian
      I mean, I’m sure the actors did a good job but….it was…terrible…
      It did it’s best to stay to the original amazingly, but….the actors tho…

      • Charles Parker

        No. They did not do a good job. Not a single one of them did a good job. I don’t remember a name that was said correctly among the cast. Every time I see Asif on the Daily Show…I can’t help but think of how bad it was. That movie…it has brought nothing good. The girl that played Katara is the token hot chick in the next Transformers movie.

        • Firekitty

          At last, a role worthy of her talent!

      • Chee Yang

        Needing a source of fire to firebend, that was a crap idea.

        • Firekitty

          I sort of agree, given that it wasn’t necessary in the TV series…but on the other hand, it was also inconsistent in the TV series, since Earth and Water benders required their elements to be present…and presumably Airbenders as well, though that would be hard to prove one way or another, since even underwater there’s technically oxygen.

  • Suzaku

    Just watch Chronicle.

    • MPHavoc

      Amen.

    • Aoshi00

      Yeah, when I saw Chronicle, one of my first thoughts was it’s like a spiritual live action adaptation of Akira and a good one at that.. I don’t think live action remakes need to be absolutely faithful for it to work.. Same for Pacific Rim, it had the spirit of Evangelion plus other mecha and kaiju anime/films. Guillermo del toro paid a great homage to the genre and more.. or the new Robocop’s ED-209 reminds me of MGS4, games imitating movies and vice versa..

      We’ve all heard about live action adaptation of Akira or Eva for years, and now we finally have Chronicle or Pacific Rim, which is the closest we ever get.. sometimes sticking too close to the original source might look silly, like most Street Fighter movies, Super Mario Bros, Double Dragon, Dragonball, etc.. it could be done well sometimes, but most of the times when you think about the Jpn stage musicals based on anime (Bleach, Prince of Tennis, Hunter x Hunter, Saint Seiya), they look rather silly.. even the Kenshin live action movie was made a lot more realistic..

      The manga Parasyte was supposed to get a live action too but never did, but the gruesome dismembering scene of Ninja Assassin reminded me of that lol..

      • Shippoyasha

        I get where you are coming from but this Akira adaptation has to have some semblance of legitimacy to the source. I think going out of the animation realm kind of defeats the purpose of Akira which revolutionized animation and manga crafts both. Not to mention a proper anime adaptation of the manga has not happened yet.

        There probably can be a proper Akira adaptation in spirit but there will be a ton of problems from the fact they are doing a live actor adaptation alone. It doesn’t raise confidence considering simpler stories than Akira has struggled to be adapted as well. Chronicle really worked because it doesn’t need to worry about the lineage and legacy of the source.

        • Aoshi00

          yeah agree, which is why I think fans would be very demanding and hard to please if it’s an actual adaptation because something like Akira had a long manga and a groundbreaking animation movie..Like Dragonball, 42 manga & hundreds of anime eps over 10 yrs.. Live action based on a game or anime is hard to pull off, even when it does it’s still a different entity, say Kenshin the manga/anime and live action movie.

          Chronicle worked because it’s not actually Akira, but it’s Akira-like, different modern-day suburban setting but it had elements strongly reminiscent of Akira. Pacific Rim was not Eva, but it had a lot of elements that nod at Eva or the genre.. So people wouldn’t have expectations going in. instead the audience find themselves surprisingly entertained judging the movies on their own (I was worried Pacific Rim would be silly like Transformers, but Guillermo del Toro is a great director w/ heart)

          Sometimes movies have to be viewed on their own since it’s a different medium w/ time constraint and structure. Even the Akira movie itself was confusing.

          I am still wondering how the Attack on Titans live action movie would work, because Japan is making it, but the characters in the story are Westerners (except Mikasa). I just meant in my opinion, sometimes we don’t need to get hung up too much on 100% faithful adaptation.. if people really want a an Akira live action that stays “Japanese” maybe Jpn could make their own.. the US makes tons of great movies and TV series too, I just finished watching Breaking Bad and now House of Cards Season 2 lol..

          • Shippoyasha

            Yeah which is why I am hung up on the director blurting out that Akira characters aren’t strong characters. It’d be troublesome if the anime is all the knowledge he has about it. I just think the general outrageous premise of Japanese entertainment bamboozles casual viewers too much to see the true depth of a story or characters.

            I actually do agree that Attack on Titan may work better with western actors too.

            I have no problems with adaptations that pay proper homage and know the appeal of the source. It’s just sad that the vast majority don’t. And the need to force every movies become live action is a bit troubling to me as well. Live action stuff needs to go the extra mile in regards to fulfilling certain expectations. Sadly, even Japanese live action adaptations can suffer too, because Japanese movies generally have the fraction the budget of Hollywood features. There are pitfalls everywhere even outside creative vision.

    • dragoon_slayer12

      I’m glad I wasn’t the only one that felt the same when it came to that movie

  • kylehyde

    Alright, even that the concept art looks good, this is the first thing that came to my mind, specially the last pic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jafd97yJFOI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    • Aoshi00

      But Chronicle was done well though, so was Pacific Rim..to me they resemble the closest thing of live action Akira or Evangelion.. and are better compared to Street Fighter or Dragonball.. things don’t necessarily need to be Americanized.. but if the premise and spirit of the original work could be conveyed, I think it’s still good.. interesting thing is Mako was voiced by Hayashibara Megumi (Ayanami Rei) in the Jpn Pacific Rim dub, not that Kikuchi Rinko had that many lines though lol..

      well.. Jpn would finally get an Attack on Titans live action (originally before the anime), seems very difficult to be made well.. I’m also interested in the upcoming live action Patlabor series, the anime was not too over the top and rather grounded in reality, except for the Labors, which they would need to use good CG for.. Pacific Rim’s Jaegers were really good though..

      • kylehyde

        I’m not saying that is going to be too americanized. Actually I didn’t wanted to say something, just gain some thumbs ups with a satirical video. However that pirelli tshirt certainly looks like some kind of publicity.

        • Aoshi00

          yeah product placement lol.. well, I just thought we shouldn’t be offended that easily and the comment did strike some truth and we should keep an open mind, sometimes a “spiritual” live action adaptation does work even better if it’s not too constrained and boxed in by the original material.. like Pacific Rim, it really wasn’t based on any one mecha anime but Evangelion does come to mind, but it had the passion and spirit of many works of the mecha/kaiju genre and brought a smile to many long time fans.. it’s miles better than Michael Bay’s mess of “Transformers”.. for me it’s the first time giant mecha has been done that well and I was blown away.

          some anime’ setting might lend itself better to live action, like the upcoming Patlabor TV series should be good (Death Note looks a bit weird).. there are many good US movies w/ good sci-fi setting though.. i’m not sure if some anime could be or should be adapted into live action too literally.. it would be cool to see it done, but we have to be careful what we wish for.. but I’m disappointed there’s no live action Parasyte all these years, probably way too gruesome, yet they’re doing Attack on Titans, would see if it works out this time (got canceled and changed director).

      • neocatzon

        Speaking of Patlabor live action. I’m more hopeful to this one than the others. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7zAWaL7EuQ Judging from the pv, they choose to retain the comedy and slice of life feeling from original source
        Having it in the realm of near-future reality truly helps. They can do shots on replicas and actual settings, less reliant to CGs.

        The only problem is which part of the series/movies that they’re going to adapt. I believe the audience want to see heavy mecha combat (Griffon <3) and they have to do that without going overbudget.

        • Aoshi00

          That’s a cool trailer! I actually only saw the posters before w/ the SV2 crew in military vests. I think the comedy and slice of life part could be done very well, like the Maison Ikkoku live action special (the Ranma one however was a mess).

          When Patlabor aired, 1999 was the future so it’s not surprising they push it further.. it’s like if we’re doing Eva, 2014 is the present now lol.. the life size (8 meters) replicas and cockpit shots are actually very cool.. I still think the stop motion in the original Robocop holds up.. but for Pacific Rim it had to be in CG since the Jaegers are as tall as skyscrappers..

          I loved the battles against Griffon too, maybe he would make a cameo in this.. hope what little CG there is would be decent otherwise there’d be a disconnect.. And budget is not the only thing that matters either, Michael Bay had big budget for Transformers, but the fights are incomprehensible.. while the Jaeger/Kaiju fights were filled w/ weight and you could feel every punch since Guillermo was directing those scenes himself.

          I think this TV series would span 12-13 eps, and there’s tons of good stories to pick from Patlabor.. now for Attack on Titans, I still have to see it to believe it, it just sounds very farfetched to pull it off well.. Man, I haven’t seen a Jpn drama in years *.*;

          • neocatzon

            Complex transformation and the scheme color that blends to the background I think contributes to incomprehensible action. But, for transformers my only wish is they ditch the humans altogether. Just look at War of Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, no puny humans conflict, simpler transformation, and they can concentrate to the lore.

            12 episodes TV series and 1 movie was confirmed :D http://www.patlabor.info/liveactionproject.htm
            with movie will be more serious. The site also said maybe it’s following early days and first anime movie. Still it’s just a prediction. With Mamoro Oshii helms the directing himself, it’s hard to think it will not deliver.

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    Is the dude on the far right Laurence Fishburne?
    Speed Racer is, imo, THE great film adaptation from an anime by Hollywood. The key thing is that they didn’t stay true to the original show in what it did. If they have done it that way it honestly would have bored me.
    Btw, everyone should go see Pacific Rim. Do it! :D

    • Lynx

      Speed Racer had the spirit of the original show too. It was something that could easily be transferred into live action. It was clear that the people working on it loved the source material.

      Akira’s a fair bit trickier. Its an adaptation of something that was an adaptation to begin with.

  • MPHavoc

    Well, I just read the full interview.

    If an Akira movie does come about, It hopefully won’t be done by this hack. The guy clearly has no respect for the source material at all and apparently bases his knowledge off of the anime movie rather than the manga(the fact that he states Akira never shows up in the title was a dead giveaway). He also doesn’t seem to understand the plot of it either.

    Oh, and saying that Japan can’t create “strong characters” and it’s part of their culture? F*(k you, good sir. F(*k you.

    • BlueTree

      I didn’t read the interview, but your summary has me feeling like this ongoing legitimizing narrative of “Japan ain’t never done nothing never” followed by *secretly appropriates ideas fleshed out from Japan* is utterly smothering. I mean, you see things like this throughout history.

      For instance, when Last of the Mohicans was written, James Fenimore Cooper, the author, had never interacted with a single Native American. Ever.

      The whole novel was one of the origin points of many fucked up depictions of various Native Tribes. The “Noble Savage” trope was born from that novel. You can also use it as one of many examples of a novel written in America that said “The Natives are on the verge of extinction and/or the Native Americans’ time is over” while hundreds of thousands of them still lived.

      What does any of that have to do with this little thing? It’s treatment that draws from the same sort of hideous appropriation. The same ideas that justify manifest destiny can easily be seen in homeboy’s interview. “Japan can’t create strong characters.”

      And I suppose Hollywood can appeal to so many demographics outside of the perpetual homogenized power fantasy.

      Say what you will of Japan, many people saying it based on a microcosm of its popular culture rather than actually going there, the fact you can go to Japan and find sections dedicated to children, young boys, young girls… it definitely has its issues, but I see that those things only enter the conversation when it’s time to legitimize some shitty movie adaptation or some fucked up cultural statement.

    • Richard N

      No respect for the source material? Really? He remarked that the original anime and manga were genius and even states he doesn’t want to simplify the ideas brought up by the series in anyway.

      He also never said “Akira doesn’t appear in the film,” that was the interviewer. He said Tetsuo has to deal with weird shit and Kaneda is two dimensional.

      To be fair, the majority of characters from Japanese fiction are pretty poorly written. I’m sure he didn’t mean it as end all be comment, but just to go with his previous statement of the main characters from Akira being rather weak. And to be honest Kaneda is as generic as any head strong, hot blooded shonen action hero you can imagine.

      Feel free to stop unnecessarily hating the guy and taking everything he said out of context.

      • BlueTree

        “To be fair, the majority of characters from Japanese fiction are pretty poorly written.”

        There was some clarification and then… your fingers just couldn’t help themselves could they?

        • Richard N

          If we’re gonna be honest with ourselves I might as well be the first guy lined up under the bus.

      • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

        If I say I think something is genius and then turn around and say everything about it is horrible, I don’t really think it’s genius. I’m just saying that.

    • Sergio Briceño

      His statement about characters is true for the most part though.
      They have never been the strong point of manga or anime. But yeah, it’s not like they “can’t” do it, some authors are more than capable of delivering and rather well.

      • SeventhEvening

        Frankly, that depends on what you read. For a lot of series, even very popular ones, that’s quite true. But a lot of popular media has very weak characters in any country. Most Shonen stuff isn’t as much about characters as it is about action or design, but there are plenty of seinen materials that are quite well written and have very fleshed out characters.

        • Sergio Briceño

          That’s why I said “for the most part” and “some authors are more than capable of delivering and rather well”. It just doesn’t hold true with the most prominent series and as with any media it’s impossible for it to happen with a big deal of the titles.

          But like you said, it depends on what you read. I myself used to read Gantz and Berserk and loved them both.

    • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

      It’s true that Akira doesn’t have especially rich or nuanced characterizations, but saying that a lack of strong characters is a product of “Japanese culture” is an especially bizarre kind of ignorance that this Collet-Sera guy doesn’t even bother to elaborate.

  • Dingus

    Kaneda is now gruff late 20-something called “Chad Thundercock” to appeal to the American audience.

    Hooray~

  • http://playstationallstars.wikia.com/wiki/PlayStation_All-Stars_Wiki Sackchief

    Kristen Stewart better not be in it.

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    Why does the concept art on the left look like Chris Evans (Captain America, Johnny Storm and Ramona’s evil boyfriend #2)?

    • harmonyworld

      It really does! >.<

    • Aoshi00

      lol.. Chris Evans was great and so different in all of those roles in Captain America, Fantastic Four, and Scott Pilgrim.. I thought Dane DeHaan was a great “Tetsuo” in Chronicle (I mean really that’s the closest thing we’ve ever gotten to a live action Akira, underdog being pushed to the limits and gets back at everyone after having gotten superpower, two guys duking it out in Seattle and wreaking havoc), he reminded me of a young scrawny Leonardo DiCaprio at first.. looking forward to his Harry Osborn in Spidey 2.

      • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

        He truly is. I enjoy watching Chris Evans.

        Still haven’t seen Chronicle, but I still need to check out one of these days.

        • Aoshi00

          Amazing he’s so unrecognizable as those chars :) you definitely should check out Chronicle if you have a chance, I saw it in the theater and loved it, and then collected it on blu-ray, might watch it again since haven’t watched in a while.. It really is the closest thing to a live action Akira so far. The thing is it’s shot in hand-cam documentary style like District 9, so it could be dizzying for some.. but the story, fight scenes, and special effect were really something.. about these couple of guys gotten super power and having fun at first by playing pranks, then it escalated into something uncontrollable. I thought it was quite a realistic take..

          The thing w/ adapting anime into live action is it had to be made into something more realistic to a certain degree in order for it to work or be taken seriously, otherwise it would end up too campy.. one other solution is CG, like TMNT or Astro Boy..

          • Shippoyasha

            Great point with TMNT. Even though a lot of people were irked about TMNT going CG, it turned out to be quite possibly the best TMNT adaptation, ever.

            Astro Boy Americanized a lot of elements but it was a fairly decent show onto itself and way more easy to digest as a CG movie rather than them forcing it to live action ( I still missed the old Astro Boy designs though).

  • BlueTree

    Whitewash isn’t just a Buckethead song.

  • Heisst

    Have mercy, please.

  • Kaien

    Director, if you want to do such a dreadful thing, don’t touch Akira, kill my cat instead.

  • Richard N

    Uh oh, a guy who’s legitimately trying to adapt an anime and seems to want to treat it with respect. You know what that means.

    Anime fans everywhere unified fanboy attack.

    • Shippoyasha

      And yet you justify the guy’s awfully wrong ‘Japanese stories never have strong characters’ spiel. One doesn’t even have to be an anime fan to see something extremely amiss with that statement. Loyal to the source he says and he blurts out an insult to the source material. And I doubt he read through 2100+ pages of the Akira manga, the ‘source’ to say such a thing. It just reeks of Hollywood industry workers looking at foreign works with contempt. Maybe the guy misspoke but if that’s how he really feels, then a ‘legitimate adaptation’ is not what he’s aiming for. It’d be a yet another Hollywood bastardization in a long line of adaptations.

      • Richard N

        I think being an anime fan is mostly why I see legitimacy in that statement rather than find something amiss. But you can also just play Japanese games to get the same feeling honestly and ocassional J-Drama. I wouldn’t say he insulted it, just giving it a quick critical analysis. A lot of legendary epic old favorites have bad main characters, Luke Skywalker for one is as generic as one can get and is often pushed aside for cooler characters like Han Solo.

        And I wonder as well if he actually read the entire manga. However, I suffer from a terrible syndrome of “having faith in people” and willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

        • Shippoyasha

          See, the thing is, I can still give the guy a benefit of the doubt in that he could have misspoke or has only watched the anime. But his statement just all kinds of wrong and it attracts the kind of viewpoint that anime/manga is illegitimate out of the bat. And I’m kind of peeved that anime fans have to be satisfied when people make ‘quick critiques’ because that just sounds insulting to me.

          Maybe some of the Akira characters don’t seem all that deep from the get go, but it’s because it’s been extremely shortened from the Akira manga source. If the guy is ignorant about that, then that’s troublesome already.

          I’m not even sure characters like Luke Skywalker is a bad character necessarily. He was more archetypal but he was expertly acted and he grew a ton throughout the trilogy. I think the guy citing characters as ‘never being strong’ is still all kinds of wrong. Even beyond that, wording how Japanese stories sacrifice character strength for the sake of pushing a philosophy was really, really reaching on his part. It’s just so outrageous on so many fronts, as people making huge, sweeping assumptions about anime/manga culture tends to be.

  • Quan Chi

    I just watched this the other day. And this was THE most boring anime I’ve ever seen. The small blue ppl weren’t even explained properly. The only thing I got from it is that the idea was taken by a KOF character. And in KoF, an ultimate being (orochi) is born every so often because of the world’s hate conjuring it and there has to be somebody to stop it or the world will end. So I assume it’s similar to how the blue ppl got their power. The animation was also ugly. I don’t understand how this anime got such high praise. There are way more quality anime movies than this.

    • Shippoyasha

      It’s because it was an extreme shortening of the manga story which could easily fill a trilogy of 3 hour movies.

  • Max

    After years of being an otaku I learned to take these things less seriously.

    I, for one, am looking forward to this adaptation.
    I’m sure it’ll be a great comedy.

    • Dark Lord Ash

      This man knows what’s up. Movies like this exist for one purpose: to be laughed at. Me and a few of my friends used to do this all the time at the theaters. If nothing else I can’t imagine this movie being worse than legend of Chun Li. Remember kids, Bison walks through the rain drops.

  • DCBlackbird

    Hmmm… Some white washing there, and some race bending there… One of the things that always seem to bug fans about these adaptations aside from how the plot is translated, is the aesthetic. To put it simply the young fans who are a bit more defensive about there anime seem to want an exact duplicate even down to the unique hair and clothes. Another detail relates a bit to cultural relativism, an American adaptation will force the characters to behave as what the modern American sees as believable. I mean I like anime a lot, but some of the dialogue sounds very gratuitous and over dramatic. These characters will be those characters in name only. An excellent example is the astro boy film, had the look just not the feel, or Oldboy for a more straight example. I guess what I’m saying is that these drastic differences are needed(sometimes)to get a new story to a new audience. Whether or not it resembles it’s progenitor.

  • Kroz

    After Pacific Rim and reading interviews and stuff, the only guy i trust with making live action anime is Guillermo del Toro. The dude has passion for the stuff.

  • Suicunesol

    I think whenever one decides to make a live-action adaptation of anything, he or she should ask themselves why there needs to be one in first place. Some things aren’t meant to be taken mainstream or worldwide if what made the original material appealing can only be appreciated by a minority. I have never seen or read Akira, but I can tell you that if Evangelion was to be adapted into a live-action film by Hollywood producers and distributed worldwide as a “western” film, it would have to be changed so radically that it would only mildly resemble the original material. For example, the main characters in Evangelion are all kids. Given the extensive abuse those kids go through in the story, Western general audiences (as they are now) could not tolerate the film unless the main characters were much older. And if they remained children, the film might be reduced to a children’s movie. Either way, something will be lost. I don’t think it needs to be said that the same applies to Akira.

    And here’s another thing–would you honestly believe that a live-action adaptation would be better than an animated adaptation? In some cases, it could work really, really well, like with Monster by Naoku Urasawa. But in most other cases, I believe animation and hand-drawn art can and will convey emotions better than real actors can. And you can make all sorts of creative scenes with creative angles in creative ways that simply can’t be done in live-action. You don’t run into the issue of needing to cast certain actors either. It’s just more convincing.

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    DOA much?

  • Ryudo9

    Just when we thought we were safe. Transformers ruined. TMNT about to be ruined. Airbender Ruined Dragonball ruined. Akira might be. Next up Cowboy Bebop,Thundercats and Ghost in the Shell

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Why not just make a animated remake, havent we learned that Not all anime/comic/manga/cartoons needs a Live action counterpart? Only been a handful that did translate well on the big screen.

    • Godmars

      Because this is a large American production company. Unless its Disney they aren’t going to think once about animation.

      And if Disney tried to an animated Akira movie, then they’d try to make it into a Disney movie.

      • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

        Considering the massive conglomerate Disney has become , I’m hesitant to find any meaning in the characterization “Disney movie.”

        If Akira would succeed in any other format, I’d assume it’d be done best as a serial anime.

  • UUDDLRLR BASTART

    Take the spirit and rape it. Yes, that is indeed the modus operandi of western takes on Japanese creative endeavours, whether they be games, movies, manga or what have you.

  • Eilanzer

    Hollywood raping other cultures and making it crap like…forever!

  • Sean Farrell

    The problem with this, I think, has nothing to do with how badly it could be adapted for a Western film audience. I think that the source material would make for an excellent action movie, the kind we don’t usually see with a strong philosophical layer to it. Rather, the issue is that Akira is very strongly about a time and place in Japanese culture and how its economy bubbled and the way of life changed throughout the 80′s. You can see this general frustration and youthful resent through a lot of works from that time period (Tetsuo the Iron Man comes immediately to mind).

    For this the film, the challenge will be harnessing that frustration and anxiety and making it appeal to a modern audience. But, at that point, I’m not sure it’s something you could call ‘Akira’ anymore.

  • Kolibri

    Well NO THANKS.

  • Syltique

    That bottom picture is disgusting.

    I guess Japanese males can’t be the lead of movie called Akira.

  • DeathDias71

    Just…no. Leave Akira alone…it doesn’t need a live action adaption.

  • Aspenharls

    Arguments and everything aside, where would be a good place to start with this series? It’s just recently come under my radar, and everybody I talk to about it says it’s pretty good.

    • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

      The manga’s collected in six books. Start with volume 1.

  • Eder García

    “That’s part of the Japanese culture, they never have strong characters”
    the guy has no idea or is just a message from Hollywood to the Anime Industry and its fans?

  • KnifeAndFork

    The thing is, even Japan ruins their own works by making live action adaptations from time to time.

    The latest one, Gatchaman, changed too much stuff around in an effort to look more high tech and there was some serious cringe overacting in it.

    Then there was the awful Devilman , Cutey Honey, the ambitious but dull Yamato etc

    I did like Ashita no Joe, Rurouni Kenshin, Death Note, and Phoenix Wright and Yatterman were okay.
    I was also impressed with the visuals of Casshern with the very low budget it had..

    And as far as the West, I actually didn’t mind Speed Racer or Astro Boy.

    • Shippoyasha

      I actually agree, though it’s more a thing in how Japanese movies are many notches lower than Hollywood in terms of having the kind of funding, marketing and technology available in Western movie making. For anime franchises, they just flat out make anime movies if they can help it as well, while a lot of live action stuff can look kind of wonky or even b-movie in quality at times.

      What’s frustrating with Hollywood is that they have all the resources, but they seem to lack the kind of understanding and respect for the source material to make the great source and great resources of Hollywood together. It’s always some bonehead making misconceptions about anime/manga culture and churning out monstrosities all too often. I do agree with you on Speed Racer and Astro Boy though they still should have tried to make Astro Boy loyal in design fully. And predictably, the core message of Astro Boy was far darker in the manga/anime source.

  • Realist

    This dude has a bad track record with films. So this live-action adaptation is going to blow.

  • Croix Zapp

    whatever, just don’t touch berserk…..

  • Ric Vazquez

    Hollywood people…don’t screw this up like the other ones, don’t even think about it.

  • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

    Using the Dragon Ball or Last Airbender movies as arguments against a live-action Akira isn’t really fair; one could just as easily fire back with The Departed or A Fistful of Dollars.

    That said, I could do without Johnny Knoxville Kaneda or Emo Tetsuo in my life.

  • Richard N

    When all I see when I look at japanese media is the same generic character I’ve seen written and portrayed many times before, I think there’s some credit behind my statement. Just take a random dip into a tv show and there’s a pretty good chance you won’t be finding gold. Fucking stupid? Nah. Blunt and insensitive. Probably. Just as much though, the same can be said about any media no matter where it’s from.

    But why would people on a site devoted to that niche audience ever consider such a thing. Of course the first response would be a knee jerk reaction. Or in general, just someone saying the slightest negative about something you love is always painful and elicit a defensive response. And never saw myself as a victim in my journey of trying to get people to be more empathetic. The idea would make crying to sleep with DmC and Anti Level 5 sentiments a little easier.

    Ah well, I’ll always be here if anyone needs a unpopular minority opinion.

  • Shippoyasha

    Wow. You really burst your bias pipes there. At first I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt and you just jumped on how Japanese media has no good stories. This is the kind of biased BS that people unfairly attribute to a lot of anime and manga especially for something like Akira which had a lot more layers to it than the outrageous action scenes. Even at that, the manga was many times more philosophical and had much better characterizations and action was much more brutal and bigger in scope than anything in the movie.

    One can’t be expected to get the spirit of something with the way the likes of Hollywood culture looks on something with contempt and doesn’t try to understand the stories or their appeal. If the passion isn’t there, it is almost guaranteed they will make a mockery of the source while butchering their own effort.

  • BlueTree

    Personally, at this point? I’m conflicted between writing you off as some internet shithead that wants to fool people based on “lol I just made you think I was dumb by posting really dumb things” and… giving you some kind of benefit of the doubt. So that’s all the malice I’ll hopefully throw your way directly.

    Look, let me propose this idea, you don’t have to respond:

    Do you believe you’ve sampled all the stories, all the wealth of Japanese culture, based on some video games, some anime, and some general reactions of people on the internet that you’ve never ever met? In the recent words of Bill Nye: “Are you sure?”

    There is literally nothing else of worth I want to engage in what you’ve said. You’ve got an axe to grind, go grind it with someone else, but I propose that to you. I don’t care about your beliefs beyond making my one small proposition.

    Have a nice life.

  • acb87

    i feel the same when i watch anything European or american . same old shit unoriginal ( usually stolen from another culture )and 1 dimensional characters. its like after 1940 the just remake the same 15 movies swap out wars, characters, and ideas etc..

  • M’iau M’iaut

    For all involved, let’s stop things here. Nothing is being ‘discussed’. Thanks.

  • BlueTree

    Just saw this, I’ll be deleting that last post and taking off.

  • ishyg

    Why are you always downvoted? I don’t get the mod hate.

  • Richard N

    Hah, I tend to cause these things to spiral out of control on these sites with whacky comments like mine. I’m like a magnet of self-loathing.

    Also, I’ll propose maybe the shit we like, might actually be pretty shitty if we were to step back and think about it honestly. But there you go.

  • Ric Vazquez

    Amen to everything, Hollywood screws up big time when it comes to adapting movies of anime/manga like this, I still have a bit of the cancer Dragonball Evolution gave me.

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