Oh, “Akira”. Will you ever get made? Most fans of the original anime and manga are hoping “No”, but those who have never read/seen the original source material are probably thinking, “Eh, whatever, Warner Bros.”
Whatever your opinion on the would-be Hollywood adaptation of Katsuhiro Ohtomo’s futuristic tale of bike gangs, psychics, and Armageddon, it has to be pretty amusing that Warner Bros. is having such troubles getting the movie made. Amusing, because despite all the outcries from fanboys and Asians, the studio seems determined to make the movie come hell or high water. And yet, issues regarding the budget keeps coming up. So what is it gonna be, Warner Bros? You wanna make this movie or doncha? Make up your damn minds already.
So, the latest issue with “Akira” is, once again, the budget. Already slashed to a pittance $90 million, it seems Warner Bros. still wants to shave at least $20 more million from that budget. THR reports that the studio has already shut down the film’s Vancouver set and sent most of the workers home until the budget can be brought down even further.
As a result, current director Jaume Collet-Serra (I say “current” because this movie has already lost two sure-thing directors since its inception) will sit down with the producers to try to take another $20 or so million off the budget. Meanwhile, Garrett Hedlund of “Tron: Legacy” fame is still the film’s only listed castmember, with Ken Watanabe, “Twilight’s” Kristen Stewart, and Helena Bonham Carter in various stages of negotiations.
The film has already been scheduled for 2013. That’s looking mighty optimistic, as it turns out.
Via : THR