The Hollywood Remake of Akira...Coming Soon!

In case the earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and nuclear meltdowns didn't drive the point home.....Hollywood is planning to remake Akira.  As a live-action movie.  Rated PG-13.  Yep, it's pretty much the end of the world.  I think the only thing this video is missing is a comedy sidekick, played by some middle-aged actor who was funny 20 years ago.  And there has to be at least one song by Smash Mouth.

Aaaand....After nearly five years of running this blog, I am now finally getting around to writing about Akira.  I picked a good time to start watching doomsday movies, didn't I?

1 comment:

Katie said...

Yah, don't ask me why this is necessary. I just hate that any successful piece of animation has to inevitably be made into live action trash. Although I have never seen or read Akira, I've always admired the art- its some of the most striking and emotionally charged artwork I've ever seen. Katsuhiro Otomo is a master of his art. I simply do not think live action could do this film justice, even if it was being made by people who understood its context. I can see it now- a blood red filter for the entire film to give it an apocalyptic air. No.

Of course the chances of it being any good are severely diminished by it being made by hollywood. I'm sure they will use all white actors (god forbid there be actual Japanese people in an American made film). And a PG-13 rating? Really?

This reminds me that hollywood is also remaking the super-popular Fruits Basket manga into a live action movie. Now, this isn't something you've probably read, but as a middle school girl it was the first manga I ever read, and it was what got me interested in Japanese culture and eventually into animation seriously. Anyway, its not first class writing or anything, and the art leaves something to be desired, but it is satisfying on some level. I see the live action version having the same issues as a live action Akira- all white actors, and fantasy and sci-fi elements reduced to cheap and tacky CGI. Fruits Basket it a story about a girl who comes to live with a family of people who turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac when they are embraced by a member of the opposite sex. While writing this comment, I came across this quote: “The Fruit Basket movie is planned to be more realistic than the manga/anime version. So the scenes where Toru (main character) sleeping in the tent in volume 1 will not be used in the movie scene.” Really hollywood? You are looking for realism in a story about people turning into animals? I just think its a stupid way to adapt things.