Throughout all the craziness of the last week, more details about the seeming cancellation of the live-action AKIRA remake have been swirling up like so much mutating bio-mechanical flesh. The last news we heard was that the Hughes Brothers had amicably stepped away from the project to put their time and talents onto other projects. At that point, the apparent plan was for the project to move ahead with new directors, but IO9’s said that the tent’s been brought down and the windows have been boarded up for the whole thing.
Teasingly enough, comics artist Chris Weston has shared a few tidbits on his blog about his year-long experience as a conceptual designer on the unrealized project. Most scandalously, he reveals that his first task was to redesign Kaneda’s signature motorcycle. He tried his best to keep it true to the bike’s iconic shape, while still infusing it with some more grounded tech. details and the visible wear and tear that frequent road combat would entail. Who knows if any of this would-be AKIRA’s production art will ever leak like Weta’s EVANGELION studies did, but we can now be pretty sure that there’s just mountains of it.
I wasn’t spitting blood about this like many of you lunatics were, but I guess this is an averted pop cultural crisis for many. Though, considering how Weston describes the casting rumors as “bollocks,” I’d be curious as what the signal-to-noise ratio was for all that reports we got about this over this past year.