At some point, Zac Efron became the go-to star for live-action anime remakes in America, didn’t he? First, there was the (honestly quite fitting) talks about him playing Light in a DEATH NOTE movie, then rumors about FULL METAL PANIC! and now…
Indie Wire says he’s in talks to play Keneda (or whatever he’s going to be renamed as) in the latest iteration of the oft-delayed AKIRA remake. This is the couplet of films that the Hughes Bros. - - the duo who just helmed the totally-badass BOOK OF ELI - - want to direct at least half of. They've said it's going to be set in "New Manhatten" and rated PG-13, so I don’t think that the usual drinking game - - which requires sips for every time “TETSUUUOOOOOO!!!” is screamed and every time somebody blows up into a hideous, bloody mess of twitching flesh - - will work anymore
Morgan Freeman's reportedly also in talks to play Colonel Shikishima. The notion immediately draws to mind the "slightly-unhinged high-ranking hardass" he played in DREAMCATCHER and, also, the American liaison from that "stink bomb" episode of MEMORIES, so maybe there's something to it.
AKIRA's signature might as well be exploding heads and that's appropriate, as I know this news is going to make many of you lunatics' skulls burst. The tracks seemed to be getting laid down to make this remake an inevitability, so I suppose the question now is... if you put the fantasy producer's hat on and you had to make this movie, what would you do? If not Efron and Freeman, than who would you cast?
What would you do?!
Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon here & here .