Director Jaume Collet-Serra Talks About His Vision For AKIRA

While doing the press junket for his upcoming film Non-Stop, director Jaume Collet-Serra talked to Comingsoon.net about the Akira re-make which he is currently working on. Read on for more...

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By McNyagano - 2/10/2014


Back in 2011, Jaume was set to direct the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's manga and cult 1988 anime, with Garrett Hedlund in the in the lead role as Kaneda.However the studio decided $90 million budget was too big for the film and pulled the plug on the project. A year later the director, got back on the project and is currently trying to scale it down. Here's what he had to say when asked if he was still working on the project,
"I'm still working on "Akira," so that's part of my life". says the director, It's great that they're waiting for me. It's different, because you have to be respectful of the source material. Otomo adapted his own work from a manga into an anime and both things are completely different and genius. The only way to do a live version of "Akira" is to take the spirit and adapt it. It will be as different as the anime was from the manga.


The interviewer then asked if the director was going to bring something new to the table,
"I hope that I can bring strong characters. In the original source material, I don't think the main characters are the protagonists. What I'm hoping is to bring characters. The director added, "Yeah. So hopefully in my version that will be strong, and you'll have a story that happens in that world that will show you a little bit of the mystery. Then, if you're interested, they'll make "Akira 2 & 3" then you can get deeper into it. I love the world, a lot of people love that world, so why wouldn't we indulge in it a little bit and see how it would be if it was real? Like you say I don't have to explain everything, but wouldn't you like to spend two-hours in a world of "Akira" and follow a character and be like, "that's cool"? That's all I want to offer, is two-hours in a world you can actually feel. We're working on it.


Seems like the director is passionate about the project and wants to make it work. If all goes well, we could see the film in the next few years or so. If you want to read more about Jaume's vision for Akira, I've provided a link for the full interview down in the source below. What do you guys think? Leave your thoughts down below.
Source: Comingsoon.net
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McNyagano - 2/10/2014, 6:00 AM
@Nail

What should I take out?
nailbiter111 - 2/10/2014, 6:14 AM
McNyagano - I trimmed it.
McNyagano - 2/10/2014, 6:17 AM
@Nail

Dammit Nail I rewrote the entire thing lol but thanks :')
nailbiter111 - 2/10/2014, 6:20 AM
McNyagano - lol. well at least it looks better.
McNyagano - 2/10/2014, 6:24 AM
@Nail

Thanks buddy ;)
nailbiter111 - 2/10/2014, 6:37 AM
Pasto - Relax, it'll be there in no time.
nailbiter111 - 2/10/2014, 6:39 AM
McNyagano - remember, use caps for the headlines, and the title of the project gets all caps.
McNyagano - 2/10/2014, 6:41 AM
@Patso- lol

@nail- Yeah sure buddy, thanks.
DaVinci31 - 2/10/2014, 6:44 AM
It'd be interesting to see how a live-action Akira film would work given the limitations he'd have to work with.

However, as an executive of a studio company, I would never let this pass.
Akira, if to be kept in its "spirit", would have to be rated R, already on top of a large bugdet.



As a fan of the manga and the 1988 movie, sure. I'm a bit skeptical on the director chosen for this, though.
Prime - 2/10/2014, 6:59 AM
Well....let's see.
ALmight - 2/10/2014, 7:15 AM
If you want to see an Americanized Akira it all ready exist, its called Chronicle.
gaikinger - 2/10/2014, 7:36 AM
Although i too want an R rated Akira wouldn't you all agree at this point if it was rerated today it would probably only get a PG-13. Maybe the nipslip of Tetsuo's raped girlfriend puts it over the edge but not by much.
Niklander - 2/10/2014, 7:45 AM
Just make the movie into two parts.That's how you wanna handle the awesomeness.I happen to have the script(Probably outdated by now) but if WB gives 100% support then this could be a classic
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Akira: Kaneda's Motorcycle Comes to a Sliding Stop GIF - Anime, Katsuhiro Otomo
Berserker187 - 2/10/2014, 7:46 AM
This will not happened anytime soon dont Americanized it. Keep it to its true form. Akira is great dont ruin it like bay did with transformers.
micvalpro - 2/10/2014, 7:48 AM
They already made the live action version. It was called Chronicle.
TheChameleon - 2/10/2014, 8:08 AM
I would make into a trilogy having the first movie be book volume 1 & 2, the second movie volume 3 & 4 & the third be book volume 5 & 6. This would allow the budget be a bit smaller for the first flick (70-80 million maybe?). Have the first movie make an awesome impact & get enough to support & $ from the first so that the other two can be made at 90-100+ million each. With that said if they truly intend to make this into a live action movie I don't feel this director is the right choice. Aside from that first thing on my to do list (if I was the director) is have Katsuhiro Otomo on board & be involved in some major capacity. If you are going to do it, do it right & remain close to the source material as much as possible.
KidGoku - 2/10/2014, 8:08 AM
Chronicle only compares to Akira in the fact that Andrew got super powers and went crazy.
KidGoku - 2/10/2014, 8:10 AM
@TheChameleon

That sounds good if they want to go off the manga rather than the animated film. I still have yet to read the manga because I'm scared it's better than the movie. But from what you listed it would be a good idea for a 3 part film series.
AFRICANNERD - 2/10/2014, 10:00 AM
Well,if the script that leaked is correct then we dogded a nuke with this one
DukeAcureds - 2/10/2014, 11:11 AM
I hate everything he said except for the trilogy comment. He sounds like he doesn't get it at all. Using the differences in the anime as an excuse to just do something entirely different and call it Akira is pitiful.
They should do a trilogy, though. The first film should be the first two books witha bit of the anime worked in. and then the next two should adapt the subsequent 4 books. It's not exactly rocket science.
And the anime was done by Katsuhiro himself. It counts as a rewrite, in some senses. It makes a lot of the first book more cinematic, so those would be the versions that should be used in a live action adaptation. But then, the rest of the anime should be discounted, as it was a reworking of the rest of the entire epic. Some of the latter half of the anime could be worked into a trilogy, but if they are going to do a trilogy, then they should really go back to the manga.
In an ideal world, it would be set in Neo Tokyo and have a mostly Japanese cast and be shot as a hugely epic LOTR-esque trilogy, back-to-back with a big-assed budget.
Risky? Sure. Like LOTR wasn't. If you build it, they will come. Notice how the two top grossing movies of all time were advertised as being the biggest and most expensive productions? If the Headline is big enough, it makes the news big enough
fettastic - 2/10/2014, 1:22 PM
I think a lot of you didn't get the memo that the way they justified having American actors was [frick]ing brilliant.

Manhattan was turned into Neo Tokyo when it was bought by Japan after America has some sort of catostrphic economic collapse.

I don't understand how anyone could have a problem with that.
TheIronStomach - 2/10/2014, 5:07 PM
This is a timeless classic that, if anything, is defined by the unbelievable visuals that were done by entirely hand drawn animation.

Give this one a 3-D IMAX remastered run and introduce it to a whole new set of fans
RobotRooster - 2/10/2014, 5:27 PM
Please just don't whitewash the movie. That's all I'm asking.
HachibiTheMC - 2/13/2014, 12:53 PM
i think this is one of those rare films that actually needs over-the-top CGI effects.

But if they handled it similarly to the way Rurouni Kenshin was done, it would be frrrrigging mind blowing...

but as many have already stated...they'll Americanize it...Keneda becomes Kenneth (played by Sharkboy aka Jacob), Tetsuo becomes Tommy (played by Percy Jackson) and "Akira" becomes DragonBall Evo-garbage...

noooo spanks.

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