Akira Hollywood Rape: “Zac Efron Cast as Kaneda”

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Hollywood’s pending rape of Akira, set to be a PG-13 action flick set in New York, is rumoured to be casting actor Zac Efron, star of such dark and gritty classics as High School Musical, in the lead role of hooligan biker Kaneda.

The rumoured casting decision in detail:

Another rumor which is making the tracking board rounds today is that Zac Efron has apparently been offered the lead role in Albert Hughes’ upcoming live-action adaptation of the popular anime/Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume manga Akira. I’m not able to confirm the offer, but one source tells me Efron is in talks, while another says that it is “far from a done deal.”

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Last we heard, producer Andrew Lazar said that Hughes is was busy “conceptualizing the movie with a bunch of visual artists” and working with a new screenwriter, Albert Torres (Henry Poole Is Here), to put his stamp on Akira.

That draft was due in September. Hughes has also talked about the film being PG-13 and the idea that he might only direct the first of two planned films. (One adapting the first three manga volumes, and the second volumes four through six.)

The previous screenplay was set in a post-apocalyptic “New Manhattan” and will feature Akira’s famous red motorcycle. The original Katsuhiro Otomo anime was set in a futuristic and post-war city, Neo-Tokyo, in 2019. As for the casting, here is an excerpt from a previous posting by Russ Fischer:

No cast has ever publicly revealed to be attached. The involvement of Appian Way led many to suspect that DiCaprio would star as the teen biker Kaneda, despite being demonstrably too old for the part, but the actor publicly denied any involvement beyond producing duties.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was rumored to be in mind for Tetsuo, the friend of Kaneda whose psychic powers are awakened, setting of a cataclysmic chain of destructive events in Neo-Tokyo. He also denied any attachment.

It seems the red motorcycle is all that will survive Hollywood’s “vision” for the adaptation.


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    Avatar of Michael
    Comment by Michael
    06:23 07/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    prepare for song and dance.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    07:23 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    *imagines a giant sack of flesh dancing to classical music*

    Ye gods, Hollywood...

    *vomits*

    ...

    ...

    ...

    I miss the early 90's...

    *vomits again*

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    Comment by TC-man
    05:13 08/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As usual, some R&B music. Or are they going let Ayumi Hamasaki sing again for the movie. Well, the first is to be expected, somehow.

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    Comment by Garyuu
    06:27 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn, I just said the same thing.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    06:31 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Behold... the Biker Ballet. Ugh

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    Comment by Tokeijikaku
    10:22 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Think about it, a musical climax followed by silence as Tetsuo opens up Akira's cryopod. After a short dialogue with the colonel, there's a villanous 80's beat song about with Tetsuo, him dancing like crazy and being all pissed, and after that a breakdown, as Kaneda joins for the second verse, and they throw sarcasm at each other in duet. It then plays a crescendoing solo as they fight, climaxing as the first volley from SOL hits.

    When I think about it, it would've been absolutely kickass, but not this way.

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    Comment by Rbto
    06:18 07/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    fuck this

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    Comment by skriticos
    06:21 07/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Holly shit, every time Hollywood touches an anime and tries to adapt it to live action it turns out to be complete carp.

    Just stop it, damn it!

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    06:28 07/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Those Hollywood retards are about to rape another great anime...-_-

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    07:21 07/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    *vomits upon seeing the article*

    F*CK YOU HOLLYWOOD!!!

    JUST...F*CK YOU!!!

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    Comment by TNinja
    07:19 07/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hm. Just wondering. Are they allowed to do live-action adatpions? I can't believe the creators allows such shit, when there have been so many failures.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:18 07/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    @Jareth
    it's not event part of the industry

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    Comment by Jareth
    07:05 07/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    LOL. Hollywood is the TROLL of the animé industry.

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    Comment by Kwonnie
    07:41 07/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Wait till Cowboy Bebop Rape comes with Keanu Reeves Spike. You will proceed to cry.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 07/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    supposedly the bebop rape is in development hell. Which is funny because that one I actually had some hope for (except for the keanu casting, but eh.) I figured since they were making an expanded film based on one episode with a story that kind of lends itself to film (The whole episode with the Red Eye smuggler on TJ) then there was this chance, albeit slim, that it turns out being a decent flick just because they realize they're adapting something so heavily inspired and informed by western cinema and tap into that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 07/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    @toyNN

    what are you smoking? Shia Labeouf is much fitting of the role than Zac Efron

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    Comment by Riiku
    08:15 07/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Well, let it be known that I havent EVER watched any of hollywood anime adaptations. Not a single one. The curiosity doesnt justify wasted time.

    Unlike you, probably

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    07:26 07/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The live action "Guyver" movies were the only good thing that Hollywood made...

    Everything else beyond that is UTTER SH*T!!!

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    Comment by Vitamin
    08:57 08/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    *sigh*
    Live action don't work because these so called 'actors' just can't express even 5% of the quirkiness of most anime/manga/games characters.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    19:46 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Look Chen, I also didn't like Akira and think it is overrated, but as bad as it could be there is no way Hollywood could NOT make it worse :(

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    Comment by Deibi_Manabu
    12:48 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There have been talks, as far as I have heard, but I hope the creators kill those wanting to ruin it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup. Akira's gonna be filled with more High School whiny drama.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 09/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, news flash, idiots: Akira WAS filled with whiny teenage angst. And don't be so quick to judge it based on Zac Efron, he's not in any way a bad actor. Just because he's mostly been in disneyish teen movies doesn't mean he CAN'T do more. People used to say the same stuff about Johnny Depp, and look at him now!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:45 08/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i rather like zac efron. i've not seen any of the HSM movies but i liked him in "17 again" and i hear he did a fine job in "me and orson welles." personally, though, i can't picture him in any anime role other than light yagami, and i'm told he already turned that offer down saying they should cast someone japanese. so there's a fair chance he'll turn this down on the same grounds.

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    Comment by nanuchan
    07:27 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is another film I just won't pay for watching...

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    Comment by toyNN
    07:39 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the casting of Efron - 'cus you know they could have picked Shia Labeouf...now that would have sucked.

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    Comment by Crim
    08:51 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >> LOL. Hollywood is the TROLL of the animé industry.

    This

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:32 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Those Hollywood retards are about to rape another great anime...-_-"

    Err the movie isn't bad, but be sure to do so before reading the manga (in case you're an animation alien that never heard about Akira).

    They seriously couldn't cram everything the manga tells in a mere 2 hours and some.

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    Comment by Ghost Dog
    07:24 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hollywood is lazy. Despite a small army of writers, they always prefer a sequel or remake when possible.

    Also.....(FacePalm)

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    shia lebouef for tetsuo.
    the final battle between the two - how to erase anime fan's souls

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:00 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They already had their way with dragonball.. wasn't that enough?

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    Comment by Risui
    12:35 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    as we're on the topic, is hollywood planning an Eva live-action too?
    pls god, let them say no!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:57 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    someone, please nuke hollywood

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    Comment by denn
    10:28 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zac Efron is fine on the condition that he rides a pink vespa in the movie.

    If their going to screw it up then they might as well do it royally. That way they might be able to contend for razzies.

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    23:01 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    @yuriphoria

    I see your point, but think about it for a minute.

    If the anime is great, they can sully it by making a bad movie. >but< if the anime suckz anyway it's impossible to ruin it. Instead it becomes likely that the new movie will be an improvement. They can change all that made akira awful, which is everything, and can come up with new ideas while only keeping the title to fuck with the braindead fans that actually liked the movie, which I haven't even seen, except you count sleeping to it as watching.

    Long story short akira suckz and I'm prepared to passionately argue this point until nothing makes sense anymore.

    Avatar of yaoibanana
    Comment by yaoibanana

    Yall are all hating. When has Eforn ever done a bad movie? He is epic enough to make this Movie amazing. Akira is too good of a plot for ANYONE to mess up.

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan

    a train wreak, you don't want to stare but cant look away.

    you know it will be bad god god damn if you wont watch it out of morbid curiosity.

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    06:50 07/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-0.9)

    "are about to rape another great anime"

    hmm

    Usually I would agree, but I think akira is one of the worst anime ever, so it will be kind of a challenge to fuck it up. Chances are they make something like a movie out of akira, so that would be the first improvement to the pile of shit that is the anime. PG-13..eh? So there won't be as much gore which leaves us with room for a plot. Second improvement. Heck, maybe they turn it into a love comedy. That would be somewhat hilarious.

    There is another bright site to this. In the future I can pick on all those fanboys telling them how the hollywood movie surpasses the anime. Of course, it will be lying, as I never actually watch this new movie, but lies are nothing but creatice truths so that will somehow work out.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    06:48 07/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    hmm

    Usually I would agree, but I think akira is one of the worst anime ever, so it will be kind of a challenge to fuck it up. Chances are they make something like a movie out of akira, so that would be the first improvement to the pile of shit that is the anime. PG-13..eh? So there won't be as much gore which leaves us with room for a plot. Second improvement. Heck, maybe they turn it into a love comedy. That would be somewhat hilarious.

    There is another bright site to this. In the future I can pick on all those fanboys telling them how the hollywood movie surpasses the anime. Of course, it will be lying, as I never actually watch this new movie, but lies are nothing but creatice truths so that will somehow work out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:24 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell they rape regular movies as well not just anime... it's really sad and old >.> I wish it would just stop

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:46 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's trolling.
    Zac Efron as Kaneda? Yeah sure.
    The same way they said he was going to play Kira from Death Note 4 years ago, and we're still waiting.
    OH, and not to mention Shinji from Evangelion.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    03:27 08/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Justin Bieber will be Shinji so we can both cry and laugh our asses off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 08/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, I think you're on to something here. Pathetic, wimpy, 'secretly' gay. Justin Beiber is the perfect Shinji!

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    Comment by Ray
    14:01 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see the prob. Zac Efron is actually a much better actor as everyone makes him out to be.

    He even went far enough to insult his Disney career on Saturday Night Live.

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    Comment by Ray
    18:42 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No...Unlike half the other actors like Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, etc. Zac Efron CAN act, and be quite the character.

    And Te thought of remaking such is...No, just no.

    Now if the headline read "Justin Bieber", or "Robert Pattinson" then i'd be wanting to punch a hole in the wall.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you'd probably agree he'd be good enough to take oprah's role in a remake of 'the color purple'... hollywood has no shame =.=

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lmao too bad its gonna be a PG-13 movie. QQ no boobs or bitches getting punched in the face.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:45 08/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i LoLd hard

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:02 08/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know, if Kristen Stewart was the girl in the scene where they beat her and rip her shirt off I might actually pay to see that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:03 10/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tell me about crap. I'm trying to get rid of the trauma of watching Dragonball Evolution till now. Even the psychiatrist is having trouble with me...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:03 10/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not to mention Kaneda doesn't look like some sort of homo. No offense meant to the homos but it's true...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 09/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not just animes, games also. Look at Resident Evil.

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    Comment by TC-man
    05:03 08/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, it seems that the movie makers have never watched the anime and read the manga. So they aren't doing their job very well. If it was other jobs like being some scientist, reseacher, then you would be already fired, because lack of research and dedication!

    Comment by Pyrolight
    07:51 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree, Hollywood is smelling pretty fishy these days.

    As to the topic itself, was anyone really expecting anything from the adaptation in the first place?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think they're only making adaptions so that fans of the anima/manga will pay to watch the movie and complain about it later.

    And those that are not fans of the manga/anime can claim it was better than the manga/anime.

    And those retards that are yet to discover manga and/or anime will watch it for other reasons.
    Such as Zac Efron being in it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would be willing to give Efron a chance as long as he had a good read, I mean he might actually be a good actor that's not had a serious role yet to show off what he can do (although my gut tells me this is not the case.) At the same time, Hollywood just absolutely DOES NOT know what to do with an anime property. I think if you're going to have a good anime-to-wetern-film conversion it's probably going to come from some sort of drama and we won't see good adaptations of the sci-fi action stuff until... well, until they can make good sci-fi action films again in general I guess.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly!! It's turning into a fish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When a victim of rape pleads to the rapist to "PLEASE STOP, IT HURTS!"

    Does the rapist stop? no.

    So... Do you think that Hollywood, who's getting such a boner raping what we love, will stop because we tell it to stop? Didn't think so...

    So remember kids. Hollywood is a rapist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:29 09/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, Hollywood is a business that makes bad artistic decisions. I don't care how the fuck much you love Akira, but nothing that could be done to a story could ever equate to being raped.

    You're a bad person.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    12:09 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    WRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:57 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Call me crazy, but a movie where a character yells 'ZAC EFRON!' sounds hilarious.

    But yeah. Like with the Watchmen, the only 100% legit way to experience Akira is through Graphic Novels and in some ways, the anime movie.

    I seriously doubt they can possibly capture the dark, Japanese utilitarian dystopia like Akira so perfectly did.

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    Comment by TC-man
    05:10 08/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    More hilarious than Goku in DragonBall Evolution. I don't think so!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zac Efron is an asshole...

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    Comment by VIC3
    06:23 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is.....terrible.

    Hollywood needs to stop messing with anime. They always ruin it

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    Comment by TC-man
    05:08 08/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, as revenge the Ironman anime is getting the same treatment the Americans have given to the anime/manga titles. But still the Japanese, even when they try to screw it up, it stays halve decent, unlike the Hollywood stuffs, e.g. Dragonball Evolution, the Street Fighter movie, King of Fighters etc., unwatchable. Next Wolverine to screw up?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:18 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where have all the screenwriters gone?

    Comment by Anonymous

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    Comment by Abel Liegod
    09:11 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Akira with that HighSchool kid? SERIOUSLY?
    Haha, you really got me this time!

    Wait...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:10 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why doesn't someone in Hollywood actually try to create a Cel-Animated original featured theatrical master piece much more better then Akira causing other countries' film makers wanting to live-action adapt it, instead of doing countless garabge adaptions and stupid cgi kiddy movies??

    Anyone else agree

    Comment by Anonymous

    kill it with fire









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