AKIRA live action project moving forward

by Gunther Heinrich, 21 Feb 2008 in Movie News


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It is almost impossible to believe but it seems that the AKIRA project is finally moving forward. According to the news bits of Hollywood Reporter and AintItCool News it seems that really big names are now attached to the project: Leonardo DiCaprio (who will play Kaneda, the gang leader) and Joseph Gordon Levitt (who will play Testuo, the one who freaks out).

But there is a small tidbit of information that really blew me out of my shoes: they will relocate the movie from the imaginary Neo Tokyo in Japan to New Manhattan in America (which was uilt by Japanese money).

While I …

Is it too crazy to believe? Will Warner Bros. really produce a live action movie of the groundbreaking Manga/Anime-Movie Akira originally written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo? I always dreamed for it but had fear for it on the same time.

The movie poster for Akira

You know, Akira is one of my favorite sci-fi movies of all time. It was not only the first animated movie that literally showed me with a blast that an animated movie can go further than perfect looking princes or women singing songs. No, it was and still is one of the finest examples of animation I can think of. I still remember the first time I watched it. And my reaction to the first moment after the title