Live Action AKIRA Dead?

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Live Action AKIRA Dead?

Bad news for those who were waiting to see the upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio produced, two film, live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira. And, of course, good news for those who bristled at the thought of an Akira populated by a largely white cast with the action moved from Neo-Tokyo to Neo-Manhattan. Bloody Disgusting is reporting that director Ruairi Robinson has walked away from the project for undisclosed reasons and the producers now consider the films dead. More info as we get it.

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kinkybobJune 15, 2009 10:20 PM

THANK GOD!!!!!! My prayers have been answered! Now I just need to wait for OldBoy to be dropped! lol I also agree with you Rhythm-X. I am also looking forward to COWBOY BEBOP to be dropped.

christuffaJune 15, 2009 10:33 PM

What they were planning might have been interesting but it wouldn't have been Akira. The slimmest chance that it could've been OK wasn't worth the risk of taking a huge dump over one of the most iconic manga and anime of all time. In other words I'm not going to shed any tears over this one biting the dust!

CuttermaranJune 15, 2009 11:18 PM


panikJune 16, 2009 12:44 AM


ChevalierAguilaJune 16, 2009 2:15 AM

Good, now Cowboy Bebop and Oldboy.

gishikinJune 16, 2009 3:12 AM

Good, I'm getting tired of this banality.

JahsoldierJune 16, 2009 8:08 AM

The fact he walked away did not sound good. While I am relieved by this news, I am not so sure someone else won't try and make the film instead. I very much doubt this is the end of the story.

crapmonsterJune 16, 2009 10:30 AM

Thank God, now lets just hope the other remakes get canned as well as ChevalierAguila has pointed out above.

san ku kaiJune 16, 2009 12:36 PM

I'm shedding a tear ... of happiness and relief ... thank God !

SadicXXXJune 16, 2009 11:00 PM


larguJune 17, 2009 9:32 AM

Well, I was going to comment on this but it seems like we all agree. Bury it next to the Evangelion adaptation.

steiner from marsJune 19, 2009 11:00 AM

stay dead forever and ever.

krln99June 19, 2009 11:35 PM

Yeah, now let's hope that much rumored Evangelion project never sees the light of day. BTW, guys, do you think DBZ bombing had an effect on squelching anime adaptations? I think it does. If it were wildly successful, I think we could have seen some (HORRIBLE) adaptations move forward. You know the "herd mentality" in the movie industry.

bakaJune 22, 2009 11:27 AM


Rhythm-XJune 22, 2009 4:04 PM

Someone should forward every single message board posting about this film to Leonardo DiCaprio every day for the rest of his life as punishment for even considering getting mixed up in this.