Ruairi Robinson to Direct Live-Action Akira Movie?

Good God, they’re trying to make a live-action version of Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s 1988 landmark animated movie “Akira”. Why in the world would they try such a foolish thing? “Akira” was killer in its time and it still holds up now, and to adapt it into a live-action movie version is simply astounding and more than a little foolish. But hey, if Hollywood is one thing, it’s that you can never accuse it of lacking in foolishness, so they’re going to do it anyway. Or at least, according to Bloody-Disgusting, who “heard” that Warner Bros. has tapped some Irish lad named Ruairi Robinson to remake the movie, picking up where Stephen Norrington and James Robinson (smartly) left off a few years ago when they failed to bring the film to fruition.

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We’ve been informed that Warner Bros. Pictures is trying to get Akira off the ground pre-strike and have attached 29-year-old Oscar nominated Irish director Ruairi Robinson! No more details have been revealed other than he directed a mind blowing short film entitled The Silent City, which can be viewed over at BDTV. Watch this spot for more news soon and cross your fingers that this sucker gets rolling ASAP.

Um, no, guys, I’m crossing my fingers that this DOESN’T “get rolling ASAP”. If you’re a fan of the anime, you’d be doing the same thing.

There is absolutely no reason to adapt “Akira” into a live-action movie. IT WON’T WORK. The outrageous motorcycles, the battles with the Clowns, the ENDING??? Seriously, only a fool would think it’s possible to make a live-action version of this movie and do it justice.

IT CAN’T BE DONE AND IT SHOULDN’T BE DONE.

Ruairi Robinson to Direct Live-Action Akira Movie



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  • John

    I think a live action Akira movie would be sweet, but only if its based on the mangas and not the movie. The movie is sort a halfass on the whole storyline but a 3 to 4 hour live action movie telling one of the greatest post apocalyptic/biker/cyberpunk/dystopian stories ever would rule

  • http://none John

    I think a live action Akira movie would be sweet, but only if its based on the mangas and not the movie. The movie is sort a halfass on the whole storyline but a 3 to 4 hour live action movie telling one of the greatest post apocalyptic/biker/cyberpunk/dystopian stories ever would rule

  • Javnm

    Hello, I think the anime is crap compared to the manga and I would enjoy seeing a live action film. I just wish they kept it true to original story of it being in Neo Japan and not Neo Manhattan.

  • Javnm

    Hello, I think the anime is crap compared to the manga and I would enjoy seeing a live action film. I just wish they kept it true to original story of it being in Neo Japan and not Neo Manhattan.

  • http://www.ratemypoo.com/ Truth

    When will Hollywood learn. Akira is not a story, it is a big, noisy, visual assault. If it were to be remade in such a way as to make any sense to a western audience, it would have to be completely rewritten so that it did not even resemble it’s former self. There would be no real point in even calling it Akira.
    The biggest problem here is the problem that is epidemic in Hollywood these days across the board. That is that they are putting the unqualified into the director’s chair. Any little spod who has ‘directed’ a ‘short film’ on his computer, or pointed a camera in a music video is now somehow deemed an appropriate choice to helm a two hour narrative. The skills simply do not transfer over. This is a particular problem when they get these little special effects geeks to take the chair. All these twits want to do is talk about lenses, 3D programs, gadgetry, and other tech-speak. They are clueless regarding the actual telling of a story, and the moronic execs who put them into these positions of unearned power are to blame. The little Irish dork assigned to Akira is an exceptional insult. Having seen his so-called shorts online, I can only say ‘Heaven help us’. Another underqualified child is once again foisted upon us, the paying public, and they are going to get exactly what they are paying for. Garbage. Lets hope DiCaprio and the studio have enough sense to boot this imposter out of the Akira equation and demand that a real director be installed before this film gets rolling.

    • vajra larvae

      Yeah Im afraid Peter Jackson may be the only director around who MIGHT have the skills to do AKIRA live action. But it is possible albeit the budget to do it right visually will probably be record breaking. I have a feeling it will still suck though! Im sure everyone will agree that AKIRA is an almost ‘sacred’ anime title and anybody who thinks they can remake it to live action is probably in it for the money than for trying to do the film justice!

      • jsmith0552

        Jackson did a yeoman’s job on LoTR’s, but you’d have to convince me that he’d actually read Akira, before I’d trust even him to directing it. Heck, There are plenty of directors who could do Akira justice. Off the top of my head I’d nominate Nolan, or how about David Yates, who showed that he can direct a film based on someone elses work and still show it the proper respect?

        In response to the “unqualified director” what exactly had Peter Jackson done before directing LoTR to make anyone think he had the necessary talent to make this film other than passion for the series? Even though I was a fan of C. Nolan before he did batman, there was nothing he’d done that would have made me think he would do as good a job as he’d done. You can also go the opposite route. David Lynch can be a very good director, but he certainly wasn’t the director for anything as epic as Dune.

  • http://www.ratemypoo.com Truth

    When will Hollywood learn. Akira is not a story, it is a big, noisy, visual assault. If it were to be remade in such a way as to make any sense to a western audience, it would have to be completely rewritten so that it did not even resemble it’s former self. There would be no real point in even calling it Akira.
    The biggest problem here is the problem that is epidemic in Hollywood these days across the board. That is that they are putting the unqualified into the director’s chair. Any little spod who has ‘directed’ a ‘short film’ on his computer, or pointed a camera in a music video is now somehow deemed an appropriate choice to helm a two hour narrative. The skills simply do not transfer over. This is a particular problem when they get these little special effects geeks to take the chair. All these twits want to do is talk about lenses, 3D programs, gadgetry, and other tech-speak. They are clueless regarding the actual telling of a story, and the moronic execs who put them into these positions of unearned power are to blame. The little Irish dork assigned to Akira is an exceptional insult. Having seen his so-called shorts online, I can only say ‘Heaven help us’. Another underqualified child is once again foisted upon us, the paying public, and they are going to get exactly what they are paying for. Garbage. Lets hope DiCaprio and the studio have enough sense to boot this imposter out of the Akira equation and demand that a real director be installed before this film gets rolling.

    • vajra larvae

      Yeah Im afraid Peter Jackson may be the only director around who MIGHT have the skills to do AKIRA live action. But it is possible albeit the budget to do it right visually will probably be record breaking. I have a feeling it will still suck though! Im sure everyone will agree that AKIRA is an almost ‘sacred’ anime title and anybody who thinks they can remake it to live action is probably in it for the money than for trying to do the film justice!

  • pakaal

    NIX: “Good God, they’re trying to make a live-action version of Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s 1988 landmark animated movie “Akira”.

    Incorrect, they are making two live action movies based on the six graphic novels Katsuhiro Otomo started writing back in 1982. Maybe some see this as degrading to the animated movie, but there’s a lot of people out there including myself who, while thinking the anime was awesome, feeling ripped off by the fact that the movie only tells the bare bones of the overall story – remember, the entire manga series hadn’t even been written when the anime came out.

    So yeah, for those who are focused on comparing the new production solely to the old anime, that’s fine, but if you haven’t read the manga, you are certainly missing more than half of the whole Akira story content – something that a lot of us are looking forward to finally seeing onscreen in the live version.

  • pakaal

    NIX: “Good God, they’re trying to make a live-action version of Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s 1988 landmark animated movie “Akira”.

    Incorrect, they are making two live action movies based on the six graphic novels Katsuhiro Otomo started writing back in 1982. Maybe some see this as degrading to the animated movie, but there’s a lot of people out there including myself who, while thinking the anime was awesome, feeling ripped off by the fact that the movie only tells the bare bones of the overall story – remember, the entire manga series hadn’t even been written when the anime came out.

    So yeah, for those who are focused on comparing the new production solely to the old anime, that’s fine, but if you haven’t read the manga, you are certainly missing more than half of the whole Akira story content – something that a lot of us are looking forward to finally seeing onscreen in the live version.

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

    Incorrect, they are making two live action movies based on the six graphic novels

    “Incorrect”? Read the date, genius. That post was made last year, BEFORE they announced the two-movie adaptation a few weeks ago.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

    Incorrect, they are making two live action movies based on the six graphic novels

    “Incorrect”? Read the date, genius. That post was made last year, BEFORE they announced the two-movie adaptation a few weeks ago.