UNKNOWN Director Jaume Collet-Serra in Talks to Direct AKIRA

     July 14, 2011


Despite being a bad movie, Jaume Collet-Serra’s Unknown raked in $130 million worldwide off a $30 million budget.  Collet-Serra’s been linked to a reimagining of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a remake of Le Cercle Rouge, and possibly the 300 prequel Battle of Artemisia.  Now Variety reports that he’s in talks to direct Warner Bros’ adaptation of the anime/manga Akira.  You may recall that director Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) left the project in late May and that Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves handled the latest draft of the script.  Warner Bros. is now envisioning the film as a $90 million tentpole.  However, we previously reported that WB was planning on splitting the six-volume manga into two films so I’m not sure if the $90 million is supposed to cover both movies or just the first one.

However, even if Collet-Serra does come on board, Warner Bros. still faces the issue of casting the two lead roles of Tetsuo and Kaneda.  The futuristic story has been reset from Neo-Tokyo to Neo-Manhattan and the broad overview of the story is that Tetsuo is the leader of a biker gang who has to stop his mutated friend Kaneda from destroying the city.

  • Neo_3

    Or maybe scaling back 2 one.

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  • Your Mom

    News about this movie keeps getting worse and worse. They should just shut it down before doing it more injustice.

  • aromcath

    Much like in the movie, I only imagine this movie stumbling further down the movie production pipeline, its intended audience fighting it every step of the way. But it will overcome that audience and mutate into a throbbing mass of cancerous organs before finally ending in an apocalyptic flash of destruction that wipes out real living Tokyo.

  • Hiro, the Eighth Samurai

    I have a good idea… no, a great idea for the main characters’ names.

    Tetsuo becomes Ted, and Kaneda becomes… Bill. And they’re members of a rock band… let’s call it, um, the Wyld Stallyns, but somewhere they have a falling out. One rejoins his biker gangs, the other subjects himself to scientific experimentation. And before you know it, they’re on a crash course of epic CGI proportions in the middle of New Manhattan. Script? Who needs it? Good acting? Who cares!? Smart casting? Forget about it!

    The dumb masses will still come in big numbers because, oh, “it’s just a movie!”

  • DWGrifit

    I get the point; they want to destroy the story with an action film. They are making the right decision

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  • Philip Blake

    Ridiculous that they won’t keep this in Tokyo. Even if they film it in English, film it in America, and have a hodge-podge collection of Chinese and Korean actors like John Cho or that guy form the Hangover. But taking out the setting of a Tokyo ripping itself apart simply guts this movie. It’ll be left nothing but a cheesy Michael Bay style shell of a sci-fi action movie. The original Akira cartoon showed you can thin out the source material to make it work at film length and still keep the main points, and have great visual effects. But this is going to far.

  • Jonathan

    The writer made a huge mistake in this article about the plot of Akira. The person who gets “mutated” and gets powers is Tetsuo, NOT Kaneda.

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  • mauro cesar

    Perfect movie for the wachowski brothers! Wake up warner Bros!
    To be good, this movie has to be a Matrix, City of Shadows style.

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  • chief

    HI , i knew akira can remake for live action but i know about actors for roles ….akira was really complitace for live action on movie but it means : live action is really for movie and actors , it says lil complicate about situation on akira by 1 tome to 6 tomes ,because that “people” for live action akira but name is from japanese , but …..if best actors but be teenager , and older too , precious for roles , i think joseph gordon lewitt (inception) for testuo but isn t teeanger !!! but him is best actor , john cho too and be actor japanese … i know he played in incetpion by ken for colonnel , and leo his producter but he don t go for kaneda , he is older but like look young , but kaneda is from name (japan ) , akira must clear story for movie , best film ,product , action , characters for roles , too , me i knew ….i am not going say the moment , soon !!

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