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Even More Akira Remake Casting Choices

Rob Pattinson? Justin Timberlake? Joaquin Phoenix?


 Kaneda's Michael Jackson-style red leather jumpsuit gets... re-worked for this update.
 Kaneda's Michael Jackson-style red leather jumpsuit gets... re-worked for this update.

Once again, I’m sure this bit of news will cause many otakus’ heads to explode. I expect the beige walls of the communal parlor that is the internet to be absolutely coated with blood, bones and brains. See, the latest draft of the American AKIRA adaptation has apparently so impressed Warner Bros that they’ve sent the script out to a thick slice of the Hollywood leading man cake with the hope to start shooting the flick in August.

According to Deadline, the short lists break down thusly…

Sorry for all the allusions to other roles above. As somebody who writes about all these areas of interest, I just… can’t… help… myself…

You can bet our Kawazaki and your laser rifle that the names will eventually be changed to fit the “New Manhatten” setting. Considering how some of these actors seriously pushing the old “adults playing credible teens” conceit, I get the sense that characters’ ages are being re-considered, as well. 

Who would the highly discriminating lunatics of the Anime Vice community pick?
sotyfan16on March 22, 2011 at 3:26 p.m.
Good God, none of them sound appealing. If this is the kind of quality Hollywood is trying to push then anime-to-live-action should be an idea put on hold until someone knows how to do it right.
audio_defecton March 22, 2011 at 6:06 p.m.
@sotyfan16: Which will likely be never. Unless someone in Hollywood is more prone to sticking to the facts of a story instead of trying to get a few more dollars to shove in their pockets; I honestly can't see that happening anytime soon. 
sickVisionz moderator on March 22, 2011 at 6:14 p.m.
The only names I'm really familiar with are 
  • Chris Pine, who was good in Star Trek
  • Justin Timberlake, who was GREAT in The Social Network
  • Robert Pattinson, who is mediocre in Twilight
  • Andrew Garfield, who was GREAT in The Social Network
  • and Joaquin Phoenix, was is solid in pretty much every role he plays
 
From what I can tell, they are looking for talented actors.  This is not a bad thing people.
AURON570on March 22, 2011 at 6:16 p.m.
They just shouldn't do it. How are they going to justify all these american-looking people in 2019 Tokyo speaking fluent english? Oh wait, they're changing the setting to "New Manhattan" and reconsidering the character's ages.... way to stay faithful to the original... American Live Action adaptions don't even get off on the right foot.
Nightwolfon March 22, 2011 at 10:07 p.m.
@sotyfan16 said:
" Good God, none of them sound appealing. If this is the kind of quality Hollywood is trying to push then anime-to-live-action should be an idea put on hold until someone knows how to do it right. "
             Agreed.
sotyfan16on March 23, 2011 at 4:12 a.m.
@audio_defect: 
The thing is, people who know what makes anime what it is need to be involved in the process. I think, as I do with any book, game, or show that is turned into a live-action movie, the writer/creator should be in charge of the script and have a heavy hand in direction.
 
@sickVisionz:
Getting actors who can play the roles is obviously important and I agree. I was moreso meaning as I just don't see those listed to be suiting for the characters. I understand that US live-action versions will have white actors but the whole 'changing to Neo-Manhattan and changing ages' seems like going way overboard in straying from the source material.
 
@Nightwolf:
In the case of elephant in the room known as Dragonball Evolution, I still believe that I could have made the movie at least 10x better (in terms of quality and revenue) with twice the budget.
ninjadude853on March 23, 2011 at 3:16 p.m.
Who exactly are they targeting this movie towards? It doesn't seem to be aimed at Otaku, and i don't really see a movie with a premise like this making it very far in the mainstream
EganTheVile1on March 23, 2011 at 11:38 p.m.
Uggg.... Can someone please RED LIGHT this project, anime fans will hate it and non-anime fans don't know what the hell Akira is anyway.
Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamotoon March 23, 2011 at 11:42 p.m.
Leonardo DiCaprio will DIE for all of this.
sickVisionz moderator on March 24, 2011 at 11:12 a.m.
@Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamoto: Yeah, because if we've learned anything from Basketball Diaries, Inception, The Departed, Gangs of New York and basically every other film he's ever been associated, it's that DiCapprio and good movies are an oxymoron...
Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamotoon March 24, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.
@sickVisionz: You seem to be forgetting works like The Beach and Romeo and Juliet.
sickVisionz moderator on March 24, 2011 at 11:59 a.m.
@Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamoto: Those movies are going on 20 years old now and it's not like he hasn't done work since then.  On top of that, he wasn't terrible in Romeo + Juliet.  I'd judge what him based off of the way he is now, but even if you went and took his whole filmography into account he's pretty far from terrible and isn't the nail in the coffin for a film possibly being good. 
 
... especially a movie with talented directors attached and are looking for quality actors to fill the roles.  In the anime world quality actors and directors seem to throw up a red flag that a movie will be bad, but back in the real world it has the opposite meaning.
Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamotoon March 24, 2011 at 1:56 p.m.
@sickVisionz: Okay, so... apart from Leonardo, what about the actual choices for the leads- there's bound to be something in there for you to pull apart like juicy baby back BBQ ribs.
sotyfan16on March 24, 2011 at 3:14 p.m.
@sickVisionz:@Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamoto: 
Whoa whoa whoa. DiCaprio did an awesome job in Gangs of New York and The Departed. I just didn't really care about Romeo & Juliet to begin with. You guys are saying then that Leo is a bad actor and since he was one of the first people named as possibly being in Akira that he has moreso doomed it?
 
In other news, IMDB says that Akira will be a 2-part live-action and part 1 is currently slated for 2013.
sickVisionz moderator on March 24, 2011 at 4:10 p.m.
@sotyfan16: My reply was sarcasm. 
Casshernon March 25, 2011 at 8:15 a.m.
FUCK!!!!!!! 
 
I wasn't going to see this movie anyway! I don't care if they use big names or no names. Is the movie a remake of the movie or a mix of Manga & Movie. Akira is a long book. 
 
Did Japan ever do a live-action Akira? or something like it? Live how Versus reminds me of Devil May Cry.
djsquelchon March 26, 2011 at 9:35 a.m.
Hollywood is killing Akira and all other live-action remakes of anime. I don't think I could possibly watch this any other way than to be forced a la Clockwork Orange style... :(
BlurStreetSpiriton March 29, 2011 at 7:42 a.m.
It's obvious who they're aiming this towards. Not the fans, this casting is to make money off of something that these hollywood idiots wouldn't care of other wise. It's aimed towards teenage girls off of the casting alone, ones who probably never watched anime or seen Akira in their live's but will be fans of it for a week because all the current hollywood pretty boys are casted.  
    
Americanized versions of foreign films are usually terrible, and I'm no anti-American culture, but I am anti-corporate greed, not being able to come up with original ideas and destroying established ones. Hollywood sucks. 
BlurStreetSpiriton March 29, 2011 at 7:44 a.m.
@Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamoto: Romeo and Juliet wasn't bad, in fact it was funny and one of my favorite 90s guilty pleasure movies. But I never seen The Beach, I heard it sucked. 
Supreme Marvelon March 29, 2011 at 11 a.m.
I've just got the go ahead for writing my 4000 essay on Akira. ::D Just need another film set in Tokyo.

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