Hey, Wanna Know How Warner Bros.’ Akira Differs From the Anime? Glad You Asked

Kaneda in Akira (1988) Movie ImageNow that a budget, a director, and a leading man are firmly in place, Warner Bros. is finally moving full-steam ahead on their live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga/anime “Akira”. Garrett Hedlund, as most of you already know, is in the lead as Kaneda, with Kristen Stewart being offered the female lead, and names like Gary Oldman and Ken Watanabe being bandied about as potentially playing The Colonel.

Those are the main characters, of course. There are other, smaller roles that need to be filled, and for those, a casting notice has gone out to prospective actors. Along with said casting notice, we also have more on the plot of the film, which offers up plenty of tweaks to the original storyline. In particular, this Kaneda is not a snot-nosed leader of a bike gang, but instead a … bar owner. Plus, other changes:

Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel.

Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join with Ky Reed and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City thirty years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous but after finding his brother again, is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers.

Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy, Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo’s mind. Kaneda clashes with The Colonel’s troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races in to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan island, as he did thirty years ago.

Jaume Collet-Serra (“Unknown”) will direct the film, based on the original manga/anime by Katsuhiro Ohtomo.

So, with Kaneda now being all respectful and owning a business and such, does this mean we won’t get a bike fight to open the movie? I guess he COULD still run a bar by day and fight clown gangs by night, but yeah, that would be stretching it a tad.

Via : Bleeding Cool