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.
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.