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Akira Movie Put on Hold at Warner Bros. Pictures

By Jarrod Sarafin     January 06, 2012
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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It seems that a $90 million price tag is too steep a cost for Warner Bros. Pictures in their desire to adapt one of the most well-known anime of all time. The Hollywood Reporter is suggesting that the development for a live-action Akira movie has been placed in a holding pattern as the studio wishes to bring that price down to around $70 million before giving director Jaume Collet-Serra another green light on the production. This latest news comes down on top of the endless turnaround in casting rumors over the past year.

While TRON: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund has been seemingly locked in for the title role, his potential co-stars Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter and Ken Wattanabe have yet to be confirmed. Director Collet-Serra would be adapting the Katsuhiro Otomo manga from a screenplay by Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves.

Plot Concept: "Akira" is based on anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo's six-volume graphic novel masterwork. The film is said to take place in "New Manhattan," a metropolis that was rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years ago. The famous motorcycle will also definitely be a part of the film.

Thanks to lusiphur for the submission.


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Wiseguy 1/6/2012 8:38:43 AM

90 mil seems tame by today's standards. I'm not too familiar with this material  but I would've thought that 90 mil would be reasonable for such a renowned property and its genre. Maybe all the Negative Nancies made the studios nervous so they want to lower their risk

Oh well I'll see it if it gets made but won't be bothered too much if it doesn't since I'm not a fan of most manga/anime.

lusiphur 1/6/2012 9:16:39 AM

 I'm the opposite of you, Wise.  I'm a big anime fan.  But I wouldn't be bothered if this never started filming.

VTGamehendge 1/6/2012 9:18:46 AM

I agree, 90 million seems like a bargain considering all the effects and set pieces that would probably be going into making a movie like Akira.  I haven't watched the original anime in years, but I remember watching it several times when I was in college and it was pretty incredible.  And I don't generally dig anime.  Though being less than sober probably helped.

jedibanner 1/6/2012 9:36:57 AM


This trainreck is best to put on shelves and never spoken of again.

It was a dream....all a dream...

redhairs99 1/6/2012 9:47:57 AM

 Wow at $90 million, that probably would've ended up as bad if not worse than the Dragon-Ball Z and Street Fighter Movies!  Glad, they halted this, but being that they want to lower the budget even more, I hope this never gets into production.  Please just spare us the horrors now.

aegrant 1/6/2012 9:50:00 AM

 The stopped because they knew it would suck donkey ballz!

monkeyfoot 1/6/2012 10:07:20 AM

Agree with everybody. 90 mil is a bargain for genre pics nowadays. But the anime film and the comic its based on is pretty epic and I would think it would need more.

They might be able to cut the budget alot if they went entirely greenscreen and have almost everything but the actors be CGed. 

monkeyfoot 1/6/2012 10:09:34 AM

Or perhaps they could try co-producing it with a Japanese studio and share the cost. Since its a classic over there they might be willing to add financing for some distribution rights.

VTGamehendge 1/6/2012 10:12:06 AM

Hey Wise, have you seen the Bane spoof that Conan O'Brien did on his show the other night?  It makes fun of not being able to understand what Bane is saying behind the mask.  Pretty friggin hilarious.  I figured you'd appreciate it.

VTGamehendge 1/6/2012 10:13:46 AM

It won't let me post the link on here but the vid was on CNN's website.  I'm sure you can google it or find it on youtube.

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