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The shaky production history of Hollywood’s much reviled adaptation of post-Fukushima anime Akira just got even shakier with the news that its director has quit.

With sources claiming “amicable creative differences” as the reason for director Albert Hughes quitting the project, his departure adds to the dubious production history the project has accrued – after it has already been almost-cancelled, massively rewritten and refused by Keanu Reeves.

However, despite still having no firm cast and no director, Warner Brothers is still said to be intent on finishing the movie as soon as possible.

Having already switched the characters from Japanese teenagers to American star actors in their thirties and the setting from Neo-Tokyo to New Manhattan, and completely rewritten the script, should the movie ever see the light of day it seems the only things likely to survive the adaptation will be the title and the bike.


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    Comment by Megidola
    03:53 28/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “Amicable creative differences” = He didn't want his name associated with this monumental fail.

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    Comment by Holy One
    04:26 28/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    He's doing the right thing.

    Unfortunately some other director will still do it anyway. >.<

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    Comment by CC
    06:13 28/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This sounds like a job for Uwe Boll! He's good at ruining things so he could put all of the skills he's mastered of the years to good use.

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    Comment by Vekou X
    02:21 30/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I vote for Christopher Nolan to direct this film. But doing so will ruin his career and will make a bad mark on his reputation as a director.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:02 30/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    both of u r pathetic m.night hell no, steven spielberg is the men for the job an the director who did terminator 4

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    Comment by Holy One
    01:02 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it was M. Night Shyamalan, he'll probably twist it in the end, that Akira was actually Steve. Lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:29 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I vote for M.Night for the atrocity that is last airbender

    I also vote for whoever directed Dragonball "evolution"

    Comment by Anonymous

    Blasphemy.

    The right man for this job is
    obviously
    M. Night Shalamanadingding.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 28/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Unfortunately they're probably gonna get a beginner starved desperate-for-a-job director willing to put his name on this shit just so he can have a meal in the next few months.

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    Comment by Elc
    08:28 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    well its not like anyone is expecting much from him at this point. its only "Akira" by name at this point. its going to be one of those flashy super cg action films that wow simpletons, like clash of the titans...

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    Comment by loliFapinator-kun
    18:17 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the mere fact they replaced the jap teens with american fags is already fail enough for me. Hell even that Lousy AMERICAN IDOL WINNER is too lousy for me

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    Comment by Heigen
    19:38 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm okay with the movie if it's atleast entertaining. Dragon ball was watchable, nothing like the anime, but is was okay.

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    Comment by papuanewguineapunk
    05:16 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What you got against Scotty Mc"queer"y?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:49 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Its official: Hollywood has run out of fuel. In other words, all they create sequels, talking animals,superhero movies, rape videogame/anime properties and even more sequels to existing animated franchises(such as Cars 2, Kong Fu Panda 2, Toys Story 3, etc).

    Now there's nothing wrong with the above, we know how good Toys Story 3 was but wouldn't it kill Disney and Dreamworks to create something new for a change? They can't rely on recycling their same franchises. Same goes for the talking animals and superhero trend; its starting to get annoying and repetitive.

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    Comment by Castian
    15:00 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    dood , hollycrap, disney and such are doing that, talking dog/cat/pig whos the best soccer/basketball/actor/singer/pornstar/dad its a neverending trend in USA, every year a film like tat gets to te theaters.
    now, the 3d crap like Shrek,cars,toy same story, and such its the new rape trend and will go for decades
    i just hope hollycrap stop making its own good movies like asian's, anime, independent, and such without making the original an apropiate presentation.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    08:41 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    im sure the world is doing its best to kill it with fire, but Hollyzombiewood gives it undead powers!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whean they offered Keanu Reeves the job is was already bad. When he turned it down it was pretty much a sign it was doomed

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:39 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will flop and when it does they should have seen it coming

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Megidola You took the words out of my mind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:05 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ofcourse he doesnt want his name there! i am european ! and if the anime had japanese charters i think they shuld've use japanese actors! or else will feel realy akward ... ! sorry my bad english

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I mean I understand that Akira is based in Japan but now a days Anime characters are there own race ha ha. I see only white, asian, and black characters so I just call them anime because really guys how many people in the world REALLY look like anime characters.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    03:54 28/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Frankly, why DOES Hollywood have to RUIN any good story? Why are things that are truly great few and far between, then any "Follow up" be deliberately worse?

    This is where I really get "Conspiracy Theory". Most of the time such a thing is at worst "Undeservedly flattering" claiming some large, sinister conspiracy when pure stupidity, greed, short-mindedness can often explain it.

    But, really, with sometimes US$100million or more being spent on these things, you'd think they'd make sure the story/plot was good too, not just the actors and FX...? You'd also then think that if something did good the "Sequel" would have 100% control by the team that did the first one, no?

    We've got an entrenched, monopolistic market that shits $100 million TURDS on the public, deliberately.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:33 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They will merchandise the crap out of the movie concept for several months before its release and make a killing on the shirts, toys, etc. If the movie breaks even so much the better I guess. The Dragon Ball movie was total crap and it still made a profit. Plus all the merchandise. Go figure. Plus there are people in other countries who watch anything.

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    Comment by Actar
    04:04 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    One of the reasons that plays a big factor in remakes but isn't discussed often is the issue of copyright control. When Hollywood buys the rights to the show, they can control its domestic distribution.

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    Comment by Cosplaying God
    04:38 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hollywood has this propaganda thing. Always involve America and always find a way to insert US Army in the movie and help beat the bad guys.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    08:20 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the hulk was probably the only movie that reversed that trend, and even in post 9/11 america that movie was successful, even though it sucked ballz

    Comment by Anonymous

    To be fair, Akira was never that good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:45 28/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Akira was epic, because the animation is full hand drawn and very smooth tweening

    while modern animation use on thrice or on twice.
    akira use on onece, so it means 1 second of animation is equal to 1 drawing. and they do on once for majority of the scene.
    Including the sofisticated effect like moving light etc. they do it with hand drawn

    That awesome, as that quality is equal to ghibli or old timey disney clasic such tarzan, mermaid or lilo and stich

    and akira set standard for animation, if you can drawn or animator.
    and you will know how awesome the guy who animate akira.
    in my old animation studios they have video on how akira manual hand drawn animation looks like, from draft, color phase, efect etc

    and it cool, especialy when you know drawing 25 frame of slowly tilted motorcycle (with lot of details) is pain in the ass

    if you watch old timey gundam that also drawn by hand, have so many distortion when move
    Akira is kind of awesome on its era

    and when you thing, everything now easier because of 3D. like macross frontier or 00
    you will respect how hard to make hand good hand drawn animation mate

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:00 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    tarzan and lilo and stitch are "old timey"?
    what are you? 10?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:39 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF are you after...
    Akira was great not because of the anime, but what the manga was.
    While the anime was just glorious, manga just nailed it with superior imagery and while longer, better story telling. Not to mention that anime left large parts or the story untold.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Even if it suck'd BIG TIME, the hollywood adaption will make it all worse.

    Frankly the only good "adaption" would be The Matrix, because it's not intended as an adaption of Ghost In The Shell, but rather inspired by it.
    It was only later it was revealed that clips from Ghost In The Shell was used as reference.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Batman: The Dark Knight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Sorry I mean every 1 second animation with 25 FPS, there was 1 Drawing

    while on thrice is like 25/3 drawing

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    True, i just seriously hope the Ghost in the Shell adaptation doesn't get ruined and is a solid follower of the original story as much as possible if not completly.

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    Comment by Karosene
    04:22 28/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    This, and if Cowboy Bebop gets ruined I'll be promptly flipping my desk over.

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    Comment by Shuu
    09:58 28/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'll already be in need of new furniture simply if they don't involve Yoko Kanno. That is both a reply to Karosene and anon 04:13 (though I guess Kenji Kawai would be OK too in case of the latter)

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    12:25 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    As long as I get to see Major Motoko naked in certain parts *i.e. the beginning and the end) while kicking some ass, I'll be happy...

    But with all this watered-down, 'family-friendly' bullsh*t, etc...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Oh ye goddesses, who am I kidding..?

    It's going to be rated PG...

    GOD DAMMIT HOLLYWOOD!!! I TRUSTED YOU!!!

    F*CK YOU, AND F*CK YOUR MOVIES!!!

    *shoots with Great Hand Cannon*

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    Comment by Sorrior
    07:04 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I second the guy who said it just wasn't that good. I am willing to give the manga a chance but the anime just wasn't that good. Well more like i find it highly overrated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i think akira has the same problem as evangelion. to the people who saw it way back when, it was hot shit, but in a post-akira or post-evangelion world, it won't seem that amazing anymore, because we're used to everything that happened in their wake.

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    Comment by Elcachetondelpuro
    14:07 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agree, but to be honest that doesn't explain why the rebuild of evangelion movies where suscesful ;)

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    Comment by kazaza2
    03:43 28/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The only thing this piece of crap will do is leave a bad taste in the mouths of those who love the original.

    Jesus! Is there anyone in Hollywood that has an original concept in their brain.

    Probably too busy sniffing each others asses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's all about money ha ha

    03:37 28/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Give up Hollywood just give up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    From easy money? NEVER!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    easy money? it has already cost millions, will cost millions more, and will barely scrape in thousands at the box office. even with dvd and merchandise sales it will be lucky to recoup a small percentage of the outlay. easy money? maybe a tax break for the studio...

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    08:16 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i hear the tax breaks for recycling are pretty significant :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 24/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're forgetting the millions of people who will go to see it because its an adaptation. Just like all the marvel films and all the live action stuff that's made 'Hollywood stile'.

    You'll have people who never saw anime and who you never really liked come up to you and say 'hey man I saw Akira live action it was amazing ha ha ha'
    And you will think 'what a twat...' whilst straining a smile and telling him to watch the original...

    Yes painful times...

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    Comment by Holy One
    03:38 28/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Since everything's changed, why still call it Akira in the first place? XD

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    03:54 28/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Last I saw, it was called "Steve."

    That's not a joke; at least, it's not a joke I'm making.

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    Comment by Tasche
    04:58 28/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Steve & his bike.

    The end.

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    Comment by Holy One
    05:09 28/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Steve and his Harley. XD

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    Comment by Onan the Fapbarian
    18:12 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please... Stop giving them ideas for a plot...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:01 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This just in... the bike has been replaced with a jet ski. Also, Steve is now a lifeguard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Steve and Marcy ? >:)

    Comment by Tenno Seremel
    10:35 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @sakyon

    Yaoi style.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well at least that makes more sense than calling it "Akira" when there's nothing Japanese about it anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    IF they call it "Steve", then I guess the name of the original will be saved, at least.

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    Comment by Holy One
    04:14 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol Steve XDDD

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    why does it sound so lame.. Steve? are you kidding me?

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    Comment by Garrax
    20:16 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    To fuck with people, kind of like how I thought Avatar was about Avatar the Last Airbender...






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