Thursday, November 22, 2012

Unused AKIRA Concept Art Featuring Kaneda & Cityscapes Of New Manhattan

Originally posted 11/22/2012 @ http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=70378

Warner Bros. has tried numerous times to make a live-action remake of Katsuhiro Ohtomo’s Akira, so at this time I don’t know which incarnation these are for. What I can tell you is that it was created by Brazilian artist, Rodolfo Damaggio. Check it out!

Just a year ago, Warner Bros. live-action take on Akira, starring Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), appeared to be moving forward, but several concerns arose that lead to the project being shutdown indefinitely. That version would’ve been directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan), but he isn’t the only director to take a crack at Akira. Before Jaume, there was Albert Hughes (Book Of Eli & From Hell) and even Irish short film director, Ruairi Robinson.

Even though WB has been unsuccessful with their live-action version we at least have some concept art from the defunct project. These new images that have surfaced on Rodolfo Damaggio’s ((Hulk, Iron Man, & Green Lantern) website give us a much better idea of the look of the film, whichever version it was for. There are a trio of cityscapes depicting “New Manhattan” and one of the film’s protagonist, Kaneda. Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Opening Scene Storyboards For WB’s Live-Action AKIRA Remake

Originally posted 9/9/2012 @ http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=66984

Warner Bros. live-action version of Akira was shelved due to budget concerns. Now you can take a look at Jeffrey Errico’s unused storyboards for the opening title sequence.

For years Warner Bros. has unsuccessfully tried to adapt Katsuhiro Ohtomo’s Akira for a Hollywood. Last we knew, Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) was set to direct, and Garrett Hedlund was to play the lead role of Kaneda and Twilight’s Kristen Stewart was to play the female lead, Ky. Things fell apart as Warner Bros. wanted to give the film’s $90 million budget another $20 million haircut. Since then the film has been put on the shelf indefinitely. But we can at least check out these storyboards created by Jeffrey Errico, and watch the video below in order to compare the two. Enjoy!

Please keep in mind that these might not have been created for the Jaume Collet-Serra’s version of Akira, as there was two director’s attached to the project previously.

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Remake’s Synopsis - Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel. Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join with Ky Reed and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City thirty years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous but after finding his brother again, is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers.

Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy, Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo’s mind. Kaneda clashes with The Colonel’s troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races in to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan island, as he did thirty years ago.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Keanu Reeves In Talks To Play Kaneda In Akira

Originally posted by Mark “RorMachine” Cassidy - 5/6/2011 @ http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/rorschachsrants/news/?a=36733

As WB scramble to cast Albert Hugh’s live action Akira flick with 2 leads, the latest name to emerge for gang leader Kaneda is love him or loathe him Keanu Reeves.

Since the rumor that Zac Effron was in talks to play Kaneda hit, we have had several more actors churned up, some of them by the rumor mill and some with genuine ties to Warner Bros live action adaptation of Akira. Now The Hollywood Reporter reveal that the latest big name in connection with the lead role is Keanu Reeves.

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Actors ranging from James Franco and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Robert Pattinson and Michael Fassbender have circled the project in some form or fashion as the studio sought to find an A-list lead.

Now comes word that Reeves has held talks with the studio, with whom he already made the massively successful Matrix movies, for the part of Kaneda, the gang leader. Reeves doesn’t yet have an offer for the role, but we hear the talks with his reps have been going well.

Now, word is that this is very early days and may of course not happen. But one thing is for sure, WB have done away with any notion of keeping these characters teenagers…or even relatively young men! Accept that, and how does Reeves look as Kaneda? Well, I actually think the man can be pretty good sometimes and all you need do is look at The Matrix to see what a great sci-fi leading man he can be. But I dunno about this. If he is cast, and you still give a damn about this movie, who would make a good Tetsuo?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Report: Book of Eli’s Hughes Brothers in Akira Talks

Originally posted on 2010-02-10 13:54 EST @ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-02-10/report/book-of-eli-hughes-brothers-in-akira-talks

Menace II Society directors in reported talks over Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga

New York Magazine’s Vulture blog reports that the Hughes brothers — the directors behind Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, From Hell, and The Book of Eli — are negotiating with the Warner Brothers movie studio to direct the planned live-action film adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira manga. ComingSoon.net reported in December that Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, the writers of the first Iron Man film, wrote the most recent script drafts for the two proposed films. According to the Vulture blog, “an official release from the studio is expected later this week” regarding Albert and Allen Hughes’ involvement.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, The Aviator) is producing the planned live-action film adaptation through his Appian Way production company. Mad Chance producer Andrew Lazar (Jonah Hex, Space Cowboys) said at Comic-Con International in August that the live-action project “is a real priority project for Warner Brothers” but is not likely to go into production before the third quarter of 2010 for a 2011 release. Otomo is an executive producer and consultant on the project.

According to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety in 2008, Warner and Appian Way will adapt the Akira manga into two live-action films. Each film would cover three volumes of the renowned science-fiction manga about a governmental genetic project and a teenager’s attempt to save a fellow biker gang member. Otomo directed his own animated film adaptation that premiered on July 16, 1988 — the same day that the story has the fictional Tokyo being destroyed.

Update: More background information added.

Vulture Exclusive: The Hughes Brothers to Direct the Akira Remake

Originally Posted 2/10/10 at 12:00 PM @ http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/02/akira_remake_hughes_bros.html

Vulture Exclusive: The Hughes Brothers to Direct the Akira Remake


Photo: Toho Company

Vulture has learned that Warner Bros. is negotiating to reteam with The Book of Eli’s Hughes brothers to have them direct a live-action remake of the cult favorite Akira, from a script by Iron Man scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. (Akira is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way, along with Andrew Lazar, who’s also currently producing an adaptation of DC Comics’ Jonah Hex for Warners.)

Even if you had read all of Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic 1982 manga and/or seen his own 1988 anime adaptation, summarizing the plot to Akira would still prove a bit of a challenge. As near as we can figure, Akira is about the leader of a biker gang who tries to save his kidnapped pal from a powerful supernatural experiment. (It might also be a psycho-philosophical exploration of corruption, the will to power, and the maturation of man and mankind, but we were actually pretty high when we first saw it in college, so please don’t hold us to that.)

Respecting the source’s complexity (or perhaps acquiescing to it), Warners won’t proceed with a single, live-action remake of the film, which trimmed away the last half of the 2,182-page graphic novel in order to weigh in at just over two hours. Instead, we hear that the studio is planning to make Akira in two parts, with the first three volumes of the six-volume manga making up the first film, due out next year.

An official release from the studio is expected later this week.

Read more: Vulture Exclusive: The Hughes Brothers to Direct the Akira Remake — Vulture http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/02/akira_remake_hughes_bros.html#ixzz0iFtd57ue

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Gary Whitta Discusses Live-Action Akira’s Early Drafts

Originally posted on 2009-12-13 04:14 EST @ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-12-13/gary-whitta-discusses-live-action-akira-early-drafts

Otomo gave notes on preliminary drafts that adapted all 6 manga volumes

The ComingSoon.net reports on Sunday on an update that screenwriter Gary Whitta gave regarding his work on Warner Brothers and Appian Way’s planned live-action film adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira manga. Whitta noted that he had not worked on the project “for about a year,” but added his “very, very preliminary” script drafts adapted all six volumes of the manga. (The 1988 Akira anime film was made while the original 1982-1990 manga was still being serialized.)

Whitta acknowledged that he never had a formal meeting with Otomo, but said that the staff did receive notes from Otomo “and kept in touch.” Whitta is no longer being kept up-to-date on the project, and according to ComingSoon.net, the film’s script is now being handled by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, The Aviator) is producing the planned live-action film adaptation through his Appian Way production company. Mad Chance producer Andrew Lazar (Jonah Hex, Space Cowboys) said at Comic-Con International in August that the live-action project “is a real priority project for Warner Brothers” but is not likely to go into production before the third quarter of 2010 for a 2011 release.

Update: More background information added.

Gary Whitta Provides Akira Update

Originally posted on December 13, 2009 @ http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=61594

Gary Whitta Provides Akira Update
Source: Silas Lesnick

Speaking this morning from an early press day for The Book of Eli, screenwriter Gary Whitta was asked about his contributions to an early draft of the live-action Akira film, a project that, since it’s original announcement, has met with varying degrees of progress, including rumors that it would be split into two films and that work on the project had stopped altogether.

“…I haven’t worked on it for about a year,” says Whitta, “…The version I worked on was about going back to the source and doing the manga version. We were going to adapt the whole six-episode graphic novel.”

Of interest is the note that the project would encompass all six volumes of “Akira” creator Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga. The famous 1988 anime adaptation was based primarily on the first two volumes. Whitta also made mention of Otomo’s own (albeit slight) involvement:

“We got notes from [Otomo] and we kept in touch, but we never had a formal meeting or anything. The script I worked on was very, very preliminary. We did a couple of drafts of the script but, when I was there at least, it never got wrapped up to the point where I think he would get really hands on.”

The film now appears to be in the hands of screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and it is unknown if they are starting from scratch or expanding on Whitta’s work.

“They don’t keep you in the loop after you’re done,” says Whitta, “…now I go on the internet to find out what’s happening with it like everyone else.”

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Producer Lazar: Live-Action Akira is ‘Priority Project’

Originally posted on 2009-07-28 14:01 EDT @ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-07-28/producer-lazar/live-action-akira-is-priority-project

“Not realistic to go before the third quarter of next year for a 2011 release”

Mad Chance producer Andrew Lazar (Jonah Hex, Space Cowboys) told the iFMagazine website at Comic-Con International last week that while the writers for the live-action film adaptation of the Akira manga are still working on a draft, “it is a real priority project for Warner Brothers.” He cautioned however, that if the proposed project is green-lit for production, it will not be soon. “Sometimes movies need an enormous amount of prep, like this one. It is not realistic to go before the third quarter of next year for a 2011 release.”

Lazar indicated that there is “a lot of interest from a variety of people” for possible directing duties. He also emphasized that he is “a very inclusive producer of underlying rights” and that the original manga creator Katsuhiro Otomo is an executive producer and consultant on the proposed live-action project.

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety entertainment trade periodicals both reported last year that Warner and Appian Way, the production company of actor Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, The Aviator), will adapt the Akira manga into two live-action films. Each film would cover three volumes of the renowned science-fiction manga about a governmental genetic project and a teenager’s attempt to save a fellow biker gang member. Otomo directed his own animated film adaptation that premiered on July 16, 1988 — the same day that the story has the fictional Tokyo being destroyed.

Source: iFMagazine via AnimeVice

Friday, July 24, 2009

Exclusive: ‘AKIRA’ Live Action Film a ‘PRIORITY PROJECT’ for Warner Bros

Originally Published on 7/24/2009 @ http://ifmagazine.com/new.asp?article=8393

Exclusive Comic-Con News (DAY 2 - July 24, 2009): ‘AKIRA’ LIVE ACTION FILM A ‘PRIORITY PROJECT’ FOR WARNER BROS.

The studio is working on a script to the ‘holy grail’ of anime for a 2011 release, says producer Andrew Lazar

By CARL CORTEZ and EMERSON PARKER, iF Staff
LOCATION: San Diego Comic Con

THE SKINNY: While talking about JONAH HEX at the San Diego Comic Con, producer Andrew Lazar revealed exclusively to iF Magazine plans for an upcoming AKIRA live action film.

“We are working on the script,” Lazar says about AKIRA. “It is a real priority project for Warner Bros. and so [the writers] are working on a draft.”

Way cool! And we can’t wait. When will it be in production? “Sometimes movies need an enormous amount of prep, like this one. It is not realistic to go before the third quarter of next year for a 2011 release,” Lazar says.

A film such as this is bound to have a huge buzz and following so does Lazar have any ideas about a director? “So many interesting choices, in truth, it is such an amazing property that we’ve seen a lot of interest from a variety of people,” Lazar says. “Once we get the final script, we’ll see what our final options are. It is a very important decision and we don’t want to jump into it lightly.”

Lazar believes that AKIRA is the holy grail of anime and wants to do it right. Because of that, he’s brought on board Katsuhiro Ôtomo, the original creator of the anime, as an executive producer and consultant on the movie.

“I’ve always been a very inclusive producer of underlying rights,” Lazar says. “And am very anxious to collaborate with Ôtomo and listen to his thoughts.”

But don’t ask about casting for AKIRA as of yet, Lazar believes that it is far too premature to be talking about who will play what role.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Not Writing Off Live-Action ‘Akira’

Originally Posted on 6/30/09 9:30 am ET by Silas Lesnick in News @ http://splashpage.mtv.com/2009/06/30/joseph-gordon-levitt-not-writing-off-live-action-akira/

Joseph Gordon-LevittThough recent rumors have sounded the death-knell for Warner Bros’ live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal manga, “Akira,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn’t ready to say die.

“You never know,” said the “500 Days of Summer” star with a coy smile when asked if the project was truly dead. Though not quite a confirmation of anything, it’s a far-cry from his comments last year which didn’t acknowledge any connection to the project whatsoever.

“Akira”, which ran for almost ten years in a serialized format, was famously adapted in 1988 as a feature-length anime, one of the first to have a major impact in the US. News hit last year that Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, was working on a live-action version to be split between two different films. Gordon-Levitt was rumored to star as Tetsuo, the best friend of the main character, Kaneda, who, after an accident, manifests incredible, godlike, psychic abilities and becomes the story’s chief antagonist.

Though it was rumored for some time that DiCaprio himself might step into Kaneda’s motorcycle boots, the “Titanic” star later made it clear that his only interest was in producing and recent rumors suggest that even that may not happen. Bloody Digusting reported recently that, according to anonymous (and unofficial) sources, director Ruairi Robinson is off the project and that it is, for all intents and purposes, completely dead. Let’s hope that Gordon-Levitt’s response points to more than just wishful thinking.

How do you feel about JGL as Tetsuo? Who fits into your dream casting? Share your picks below!