WB Halts AKIRA Comments - Mania.com


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wrrlykam 1/7/2012 6:50:53 AM

The usual WB response! We will not invest enough to make the project work well, but we will give you enough to confirm our lack of committment.

Suit: "We want you to make a B5 movie but you can't have enough money to do a good job because inspite of being a great DVD cash cow we don't have confidence in it."

JMS: "On your bike."

Maybe some Japanese studio will jump in now and beat them to it. Given how much they were willing to butcher the source material then I'm glad it is heading to Development Hell.

Wyldstaar 1/7/2012 9:29:30 AM

No Japanese studio could begin to make a live-aciton version of Akira.  It would be too expensive.  The most expensive Japanese live action sci-fi film ever made was 2010's Space BattleshipYamato at $24 million.  While it was an FX heavy movie, it was set in outer space using CGI and bluescreen techniques.  Akira would call for lots of street scenes that feature sci-fi elements.  The motorcycle chase sequences and the hoverbike chase would shoot the budget far beyond anything Toho has done before.  The finale at the Olympic stadium would cost a pretty penny as well. 

Only the Hollywood movie machine has enough money in it's coffers to handle Akira properly as a live-action film.  If they won't do it, so much the better.  Eventually, computer visual FX will become easier and cheaper to use.  When this finally comes to pass, maybe Toho will be able to do a proper live action adaptation.  Industrial Light and Magic is currently working on a project to make CGI cheaper and easier, in order to make the live action Star Wars tv series a cost effective undertaking.

redhairs99 1/9/2012 8:03:30 AM

 I suppose it could possibly be done for $90 million and still look okay.  The problem is finding a solid enough director to be in charge of the production, so that it will look like a $200 million dollar movie.  Afterall, Joss Whedon made Serenity look like at least $100 million was spent when he only had a budget of $40 million.

darksheer 1/26/2012 7:52:30 PM

$90 million?  Seriously, that's B budget for a sci-fi film these days.   I didn't know WB was having money troubles.

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