Live Action Akira From The Hughes Brothers12.02.10 # Remake # 14 Comments
The Hughes Brothers, recently of Book of Eli fame, are negotiating with the WB to take control of the live action adaptation of Akira. The 1988 film trimmed away the last half of the 2,182 page graphic novel to keep it around the two hour mark, but the Hughes Brothers’ version would use all six manga volumes and split it into two films. Which is cool, because it means it can expand upon the already existing anime adaptation.
Amazon describes the manga thusly:
Akira is a post-apocalyptic saga, set in the remains of Neo-Tokyo, charting the coming of the creature known only as Akira, a power both feared and prized for its potential to shake the recovering world. Caught in a power play between factions of a brutal military organisation, Kaneda – young, restless, committed to defying authority – and Ryu, the leader of an underground movement, are pulled into an escalating nightmare, built around a group of psychically powered children.
The Hughes Brothers already have some experience adapting sequential art, having brought Alan Moore’s graphic novel From Hell to the big screen.
Here’s a trailer for the anime version:
And here’s an anime fan’s worst nightmare:
So what do you think of this development? Good choice or bad?