Live-Action ‘Akira’ Film is Coming with Director Taika Waititi, Producer Leonardo DiCaprio
The Warner Bros. project is one of 18 films that collectively are expected to generate $408 million in below-the-line wages and payments to in-state vendors – Hollywood Reporter
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to shoot Akira in California, The availability of top-notch crew members, plus the wide variety of location choices and predictable weather are second to none.”Ravi Mehta, Warner Bros. Pictures EVP of physical production and finance
As would I, fans are cautious about the film as it is a cult classic in the anime fandom and beyond. Akira is the most famous of anime from Japan. Otoma’s post-apocalyptic series gave rise to popularizing and inspiring creativity within the science fiction realm. It would be interesting to see how they can possibly take a war-torn futuristic Tokyo setting and bring it to life in all its glory in California. The tax credit they received should allow them to really recruit the most top talent in the industry.
Japan, 1988. An explosion caused by a young boy with psychic powers tears through the city of Tokyo and ignites the fuse that leads to World War III. In order to prevent any further destruction, he is captured and taken into custody, never to be heard from again. Now, in the year 2019, a restored version of the city known as Neo-Tokyo—an area rife with gang violence and terrorism against the current government—stands in its place. Here, Shoutarou Kaneda leads “the Capsules,” a group of misfits known for riding large, custom motorcycles and being in constant conflict with their rivals “the Clowns.”
What are your thoughts on this Live-Action film that will start to film soon? It seems as writers here have stated in previous articles that, Hollywood is out of good ideas and lack imagination so they have to grab from other parts of the world to try and get people to validate their existence. Somethings are just better left the way they are such as anime.