Sci-Fi Casting Rumors: Zac Efron in Akira? Ryan Gosling in All You Need is Kill?

Two bit of sci-fi movie casting rumors that can’t quite front their own posts on their own, but together, they’re unbeatable! Or at least, worthy of a single post.

The first has Zac Efron being offered the lead in Warner Bros.’ long-gestating live-action take on Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga/anime “Akira”. Set in a futuristic Tokyo (or New York now, for the American version), the film involves psychic children, military armageddon, and my personal favorite, motorcycle gang warfare with guys in clown masks. Ah, the future, ain’t it cool?

The Hughes Brothers (“Book of Eli”) have been developing the film for the last year along with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company. Previous rumors had Joseph Gordon Levitt attached in the lead, but that seems to have gone nowhere, it would appear.

Currently, “Akira” is being developed as a two-part PG-13 film. I know many will bridle at the rating, but I can see it sticking to a PG-13 tone. It is sci-fi, after all, and you can get away with a lot as long as you do it all under the title of “sci-fi”.

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Meanwhile, over at alien fighting world, there is finally movement on Doug Liman’s adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s “All You Need is Kill”, which has the Powers That Be (also Warner Bros.) offering the lead role to Ryan Gosling.

Based on a breezy little sci-fi novel by Japanese writer Hiroshi Sakurazaka, “All You Need is Kill” is best described as “Groundhog Day” crossed with “Starship Troopers”, in that it involves a green soldier who finds himself stuck in a time loop while fighting alien bug-like invaders determined to wipe mankind off the planet. These are big suckers, too, so mankind has developed “mechas” to wear into combat. (I did mention that it’s a Japanese novel, right? They love their mechas over there, yes they do.)

Like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day”, as the soldier “dies” and is “reborn” back on the same day, he begins to learn from his many deaths. But unlike Murray, who learns that the best way to make the woman he likes like him back is to just be a good human being, the hero in “All You Need is Kill” becomes a badass alien killing warrior. Hey, whatever works.

And yeah, I can see Gosling in the role, too.



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  • Redbully

    just say no to douchebags in hollywood.

  • ULIK

    Uhhhh. So are there going to be a bunch of white guys running around in this movie with Japanese names? Or are they going to change the title from “Akira” to “Erika” then “Kaneda” to “Canada” or “Tetsuo” to “Chester”? They haven’t learned their lesson yet form “Dragon Ball” and “The Last Airbender”? This is just stupid.

    • Anonymous

      +++++

  • Mulangot

    please not akira.

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

    Akira, like Ninja Scroll is one of those properties that if made into live action HAS to retain it’s setting or it just won’t work. I wasn’t so much bothered with the changes they made to “Dragonball” (bu the movie itself sucked and not just because of said changes) or “Last Airbender” (I liked it and still maintian had it not been so short and choppy due to axing a whole scene that would’ve set up the montage in the Earth Kingdom, it could have been really good), but an American version of “Akira” doesn’t work. Sorry.

    • ULIK

      I saw one person make an incredible suggestion on another site. They said that if Quentin Tarantino did it with an all Asian cast then it would work. I agree with that 100% “IF” they pair Tarantino up with the best Japanese Director out there so they could “Co-Direct” with each other or some kind of SOLID collaboration.But of course they’d probably still cast a least one popular American actor.

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

        DiCaprio wants to make Ninja Scroll with an all asian cast. Last I heard he was looking at the current crop of J-pop star turned actors.

        • ULIK

          At least Dicaprio is being smart about it. Ninja Scroll is a VERY risque movie to do though. LOL! I wonder if he’d go all the way with EVERYTHING. Would this be DiCaprio’s directorial debut?

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

            Think he’s producing. Have you seen “Shinobi: Heart Under Blade”? Great flick and gives hope that a big budget Ninja Scroll can be done.

          • ULIK

            No I haven’t seen Shinobi yet. I saw that it was on Netflix so i put in queue. I’ll check and see if it’s available today.

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

            It’s a decent effort. The anime Basilisk covers the same story with most of the same characters with slight changes made.

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

            It’s a decent effort. The anime Basilisk covers the same story with most of the same characters with slight changes made.

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

            It’s a decent effort. The anime Basilisk covers the same story with most of the same characters with slight changes made.

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

    Akira, like Ninja Scroll is one of those properties that if made into live action HAS to retain it’s setting or it just won’t work. I wasn’t so much bothered with the changes they made to “Dragonball” (bu the movie itself sucked and not just because of said changes) or “Last Airbender” (I liked it and still maintian had it not been so short and choppy due to axing a whole scene that would’ve set up the montage in the Earth Kingdom, it could have been really good), but an American version of “Akira” doesn’t work. Sorry.

  • Alerzi

    “Efron AS Akira?” He would get almost no screentime (Not that it’s a bad thing)

    • ULIK

      I think they’d want Efron as lead character Shotaro “Kaneda”.