Akira is the name of a landmark manga (japanese comic book) that ran from 1982 to 1990 and spanned 6 massive volumes. Combining stunning artwork with complex storylines and morally ambiguous characters, Akira was part social commentary, part thriller and all sci-fi action. It was inevitable that someone would want to make a live action film of it.
That someone is Warner Bros. Back in 2011, Warner Bros. contracted a director by the name of Jaume Collet-Serra to direct a live-action version of the epic story, only to have him drop out after Warner tried to slash the budget. To be fair, anyone familiar with the story knows how much CGI is necessary to pull the film off. There are psychic mutants, robot tanks, and if they get far enough into the story, the entire destruction of Japan by a psychic blast from the eponymous Akira himself.
Jaume took some time to speak to Comic Book Resources on the subject, and this is what he had to say regarding adapting such an epic work into a film:
It’s different, because you have to be respectful of the source material . . . 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.
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 and 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?
Admirable vision, but Akira is complex work. We’ll see how it turns out. Quantum Pop will be keeping tabs on this for you so be sure to check our feeds!
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