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In one of the stranger on-again/off-again stories in Hollywood, it has been reported that the live-action American remake of Japanese anime film 'Akira' has officially been given the green light by Warner Brothers. The film, now under the direction of 'Unknown' director Jaume Collet-Serra, has been slated to begin filming in late Feburary/early March of next year. So after a weird silence, changes in the budget, and changes in personnel, it looks like this thing is really happening. And apparently, the studio is set on casting 'Tron: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund in the lead role though no official deal has yet been made.
I still cannot understand why Warner Brothers, or any studio for that matter, is so keen on doing a live-action remake of 'Akira.' First, I don't know how they are going to be able to digitally recreate all the visually-arresting effects and action sequences without the film costing far more than its $90 million. And also, I just can't conceive of the impetus to repackage this film for wider American audiences. Those who are already fans of 'Akira' are not in favor of an American live-action remake, and those who have no idea what 'Akira' is are going to be a tough sell. I am also not at all sold on Garrett Hedlund both in this role or as an actor in general.
Would you guys have any interest in the new 'Akira?' Are you fans of the original?