when I turned on my computer this afternoon to type up some early homework papers, I was delighted to see a picture of Tetsuo and Kaneda yelling at the top of their lungs BRAIN!!! MARK!!!! I was delighted and weireded out at the same time.
the good: Akira live action is in pre-production, Ruairi Robinson is helming it, writers and producers all are on board.
the bad: its through Leonardo Dicaprio..... and Warner Bros.
the ugly: New- Manhattan.
ughhh that sounds like shit doesnt it. New-Manhattan is supposedly a new city built with japanese money in the footsteps of old Manhattan.
heres a little info I stole from a million other blogs:
Warner Bros. will turn anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo's six-volume graphic novel masterwork "Akira" into two live action feature films, the first of which is being fast tracked for release in summer 2009, reports Variety.
WB, which had the "Akira" rights several years ago, only to let them lapse and then recapture them in a spirited bidding battle, is planning a twin-bill that the filmmakers have described as Blade Runner meets City of God.
The studio has closed a seven-figure rights acquisition deal with Kodansha, and has set Ruairi Robinson to direct a script by Gary Whitta (Book of Eli). Andrew Lazar's Mad Chance will produce with Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson.
Each feature will be comprised of three of the books in Otomo's series. The drama takes place in "New Manhattan," a metropolis that was rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years ago.
Robinson, an Irish helmer who has been Oscar-nominated for his short film and commercials work, is making his feature debut.
god. please have mercy on poor Kaneda's soul.