Warner Bros. Halts Akira. NOOOOOOO!!!!!!! (Or is that, YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!)

Kaneda in Akira (1988) Movie ImageOh, “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.

Tetsuo in Akira (1988) Movie Image

Via : THR



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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114700493 Dominique Hatcher

    Warner Bros. needs to just quit while they’re ahead. Too much studio interference + budget cuts usually results in a shit movie and less than stelllar box office totals (SEE Alien3; SEE Highlander II)

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    yea, either change the names of the characters and the title of the movie to something like Acura – Based on an obscure manga, or just don’t make it and save yourself 70 million.

    • Scott

      How about “Push 2″ ?

  • JP

    YES!!!

  • JackCrow

    That is that, YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

  • Hotbitch69

    please do not make this movie. why can hollywood not come up with anything original anymore?

  • Leon Wolfmaster

    they just need to put a stop to it. From what I have read up to this point no matter how many times they are gonna cut the budget, I doubt the movie will make much. If it’s made at all.

  • Sleepindawgz

    I’d rather see it done in 3D animation before I’d want to see a live action Hollywood dude of a movie. If they white wash it like they did to the Last Air Bender it’s a lost cause. Grow some balls Hollywood and make the movie the way it was meant to be done and stop dumping the vanilla flavoring over everything. Vanilla is only good in moderation.

  • Skurrd2

    Seriously, they need to get some real Japanese actors on that, and while they’re at it make it 6 movies, or episodes, whichever.