CATEGORIES Action, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Deals, Warner Brothers, RumorMonger, Remakes and Sequels, Movie News, CinematicalNothing is ever dead in Hollywood. Given enough time and enough interest any project can push itself off a dusty development shelf and come roaring back to life. Case in point, the live-action remake of the classic Japanese manga/anime Akira. Search the Cinematical archives and you'll find this headline from June of '09, Fans Rejoice: Live-Action 'Akira' is "Dead as a Doornail".
Well, it looks like now we're dealing with a zombie doornail. New York Mag's Vulture Blog has the scoop on how Book of Eli directors The Hughes Brothers are currently in contractual confabs with Warner Brothers and Appian Way on how best to resurrect the project. The kicker? They want to make Akira a two-part film. And rightly they should, considering the dense nature of Katsuhiro Ôtomo's original sci-fi mind-molester wouldn't translate easily to a single film.
Oddly enough, it looks like Warner Brothers and Book of Eli screenwriter / one-time Akira adapter Gary Whitta have parted, paving the way for Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby to bring some of their Iron Man magic to the page. And magic they'll need. I may take flak for saying so, but Ôtomo's anime adaptation of his own manga isn't exactly a bastion of sci-fi accessibility. Sure, Akira is a popular film, but I'd wager that as far more to do with its gorgeous visuals than it does its bizarre psychological inner workings.
Vulture expects an official studio release on the matter within the week, but in the mean time fans should hop over there for a bit more of their speculation as to what parts of Akira the first film will draw from. And of course feel free to sound off below as to why this is either the greatest or worst idea in the world.