Please Don’t Let James Franco Play Kaneda In An Akira Adaptation. Please.

James Franco really thinks he can do anything, doesn’t he? He’s hosting the Oscars, is nominated for one of the awards himself, he goes to like four different schools at the same time, he cut off his own arm in a movie, is reportedly going to teach a class about himself, and is now rumored to be in line for the role of Kaneda, one of the lead roles, in a live action adaptation of legendary anime and manga “Akira” to be directed by the Hughes Brothers.

This isn’t going to happen. This can’t be allowed to happen. But a lot of reputable sources are talking about this, but I can’t be the only who thinks this sounds like a long shot, like just another crazy ass rumor. But that’s the thing. James Franco does a lot of off the wall shit that doesn’t seem like it should work, or that people pass off as gossip, like him publishing a book of fiction, or appearing on a soap opera because he wants to. Remember we’re talking about a guy who played a version of himself who is in love with a body pillow on “30 Rock”. Franco has done enough random stuff in his life and career his playing a Japanese teen doesn’t seem that far out of the realm of possibility.

I definitely hope that they don’t let a 32-year-old white guy play an Asian teen, or even an anglicized version of an Asian teen. Franco has a baby face, but really guys, really? Word is that the setting is already being moved from Tokyo to New York (surprise). I know I’m not the only one who hopes they don’t change “Akira” that much. Hell, I like Franco and I like the Hughes Brothers, but I know I’m not the only one who wishes they’d just leave “Akria” alone all together. The adaptation process has already been a long, slowly unfolding saga, so if there is any karmic justice left in the universe this whole thing will shrivel up and die on the vine.

Though I guess Franco is better than Zac Effron. I know, I know, I know that this is JUST A RUMOR, but seriously people, please just stop.



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Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight

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  • Whohar99

    if any sci fi anime, i wanna see cowboy bebop get a live action adaption. I recokon it could work.surprised the japs arent adpating this into a live action.

    trying to think who else could play kaneda.. hmm.. justin bieber, lol jokes people.

  • Romeo Garcia

    C’mon…Franco is a great actor!!!…At least give him a chance!!! Do you prefer ashton kushter or justin biebber????….

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    While I hate the idea of a fully Americanized adaptation of “Akira” and it being not something along the lines of what DiCaprio was spearheading with “ninja Scroll” being an American production with Japanese actors and Jpop stars, Franco would be my choice for the film if it’;s going to be made (which it looks like it is). I’d think he’d fit the Tetsuo role a bit better but hey. I think if he plays Kaneda though he’d make the part his own and do it justice. I just have an huge issue of taking certain works out of their original setting. it;s not as if it hasn’t been done before, or well (look at many of the recent film adaptations of SHakespeare) but still it just seems unnecesary.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      The problem with an AKIRA adaptation is that it will be pretty damn expensive, so you need to hedge your bets and Westernized it for the home and global audiences (nearly a 50-50 split in terms of box office). Ask yourself, what sells better at home and Internationally — a Japanese sci-fi movie or a Hollywood/American sci-fi movie? From a business standpoint, it just doesn’t make sense to simply do a live-action version of the manga/anime with Japanese actors, settings, etc. The film will be incredibly expensive to make.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Preaching to the choir man, preching to the choir. LOL. You basically just put in a nutshell my argument to any changes in an adaptation really. It’s stll a business and as muchas there may be outrage among fans, they still have to market this thing to non fans as well.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Jamie Bell, JGL, ALex Pettyfer, Jared Padalecki, are all others I’[d take for either role in an Americanized version if I have to deal with one. I understand Brent’s frustration, though I think with some of the more adult themse aging the main characters up to earl 20′s may be the way to go.

  • CHIEFOFSKATER

    JOSEPH GORDON LEWITT IS ALONE FOR TESTUO AND I DON T WANT ROBERT AND JUSTIN TIM FOR KANEDA SHIT AKIRA DON T MUST BAD MOVIE I KNOW WHY ROBERT AND JUSTIN TIM ????? ABOUT TEEANAGER IS BEST ACTOR FOR KANEDA BUT WHO SAY PREMISSON TOW ROLES AS TESTUO AND KANEDA ON REMAKE AKIRA ? WAITTTTTTTT !!!! IF IT CAN BE REGRETT ON REMAKE AKIRA 300 000 000 DOLLARS BY TWO PARTS MOVIES! BUT I NEVER GIVE IT ROBERT AND JUSTIN TIM FOR KANEDA !