The forthcoming abominable live-action Akira movie just put another foot in it’s grave if it ever hopes to have any credibility in the otaku community. At this point I’m completely convinced that the studio just wants to throw out a movie that they think will make them a bunch of money while attaching a famous name to it. I could go on and on about how awful of an idea this is, but really it would just end up being me venting a bunch of steam and it wouldn’t change a damn thing.
Kristen Stewart is in advanced talks for the female lead Kei in director Jaume Collet-Serra’s epic Akira, based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume graphic novel. Twitchfilm reported midday Tuesday that Stewart had been offered the part. She would join Garrett Hedlund, who has the male lead Keneda. Gary Oldman will play the Colonel. Akira has been a high priority for Warner Bros ever since the studio acquired it with Legendary Pictures two years ago from manga publisher Kodansha. The intention has been to make two films, each covering three books in the series. Akira was first adapted for the screen in 1988. Stewart Andrew Lazar is producing with Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran.
The bottom line is that Warner Bros is completely out of their goddamn minds and just doesn’t give a shit about the cultural background of the series.