I am glad to announce the reprisal of rumor that went around a few years back but never evolved from that point. Akira is one of my favorite animes and it makes my nerd side throb knowing that Marco Ramirez has been brought on to write the screenplay for the film.
Ramirez may be known by some of you and maybe not by others, queue knowledge drop, he’s an awesome writer and hell of a guy… he is the mind behind shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Orange is the New Black and show runner for the Marvel and Netflix series Daredevil. Now, if you haven’t seen Akira, a little background on the film and six volume manga series:
The creative foundation behind Akira is Katsuhiro Otomo. There is a resurrection version of the series later for Akira, but more on that later. The film depicts a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year 2019, with cyberpunk tones. The plot focuses on teenage biker Tetsuo Shima and his psychic powers, and the leader of his biker gang, Shotaro Kaneda. Kaneda tries to prevent Tetsuo from releasing the imprisoned psychic Akira.
The Akira manga and original film were in need of updating. This doesn’t mean I necessairly love what may or may not comeout of this new rendition of the title, but under the mantle of Appian Way and connected agencies with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, I think the film has a lot of potential. Previously, there was an attempt and painting the oringinal Akira in a live action version. The live action Akira became a daunting project and the production background moved toward acquiring higher end actors/ actresses like Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves and James Franco in varying roles. In a transition of the rights behind the release shifted to DiCaprio’s company, Akira as a whole, was pulled and production was held.
Currently the film is said to be starring Kristen Stewart. Personally, I am not a huge fan of her work. I am not band wagon hating on Kristen Stewart, however I beleive many other actresses could hold the lead a lot more adequately then Stewart. Aside from role placement in the projects she has been a part of, I do not see the acting style or prospective poratrayal of any character will mesh with the realm of Akira. The cast is not set in stone as of yet and things could change, we will cover that as it unfolds.
The resurrection of a live action Akira film is great news to every fan of the manga series, film, or subsequent fan fiction that followed the original title. Under the production of Appian Way, live action Akira may just be a great crossover film releasing in 2015 or 2016. It’s definitely one to keep an eye out for and one in which will continue to release information on such as interviews, production details, auditions, and casting.
by John Eyke
More about Akira:
Older Live Action Trailer from 2014