Monday, November 10, 2008

DiCaprio is Producing Akira, Ninja Scroll, Not Acting in Them

Originally posted on 2008-11-10 15:07 EST @

Self-professed “big fan of anime” says final Akira script draft is being written

Movie star and producer Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, The Aviator) told MTV’s Splash Page that his Appian Way production company is waiting for the final script draft for the live-action film version of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira manga. He added, “I’m a big fan of Japanese anime — that and another project called Ninja Scroll we’re trying to get developed and made into a movie, and I know there a lot of loyal fans out there of the project and die-hard fans, so we’re going to try to do the best job we possibly can and we’re not going to make the movie until the script is in the right shape.” He also emphasized that he is producing in these two projects, and that he does “not really” have any interest in acting in them.

The Variety entertainment news source reported in February that Warner Brothers and Appian Way had re-licensed the rights to remake Akira from the manga publisher Kodansha. The two companies originally planned to make two films, each of which would cover three volumes of the renowned science-fiction manga about a governmental genetic project and a teenager’s attempt to save a fellow biker gang member. Otomo himself directed a popular 1988 anime film based on his own manga. Variety also reported last month that Warner Brothers and Appian Way had licensed the rights to adapt Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s Ninja Scroll action anime film from the Madhouse anime studio.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The American Akira Parody Cartoon

Brilliant parody of the upcoming Akira live action film.

Created by Harry Partridge (Happy Harry Toons)

Friday, October 10, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Leonardo DiCaprio Updates ‘Akira’ And ‘Ninja Scroll’ Status, Won’t Star In Either Film

Originally posted on 11/10/08 12:00 pm ET by Casey Seijas in News @

Leonardo DiCaprioWhile most of Hollywood seems to be focusing on comics made stateside — with even French publishers getting some attention lately — Leonardo DiCaprio has clearly set his sights on Asia.

Already reported here on Splash Page, DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company has been picking up classic heavy-hitters from the world of Japanese manga and anime — most notably “Akira” and “Ninja Scroll” — to develop into live-action feature films. While the news of “Ninja Scroll” is still fresh on the blogs, “Akira” has already made some moves in Hollywood, being picked up by Warner Bros., scooping up Gary Whitta to write the script, and there’s even rumors that Joseph Gordon Levitt will play the role of Tetsuo.

“We’re waiting for the final draft of the script [for ‘Akira’],” DiCaprio told MTV. “I’m a big fan of Japanese anime — that and another project called ‘Ninja Scroll’ we’re trying to get developed and made into a movie, and I know there a lot of loyal fans out there of the project and die-hard fans, so we’re going to try to do the best job we possibly can and we’re not going to make the movie until the script is in the right shape.”

However, for those of you out there hoping to see DiCaprio on Kaneda’s souped up motorcycle in “Akira” or munching on rice balls a la Jubei Kibagami in “Ninja Scroll,” don’t hold your breath. When asked about what his role will be in these properties, DiCaprio made it clear that he’d be producing, and as for as any interest in acting: “No, not really,” he responded.

So talk it up, fellow anime and manga fans out there — are you pumped to see live-action versions of these films in production? Any ideas for lead roles or directors? Let’s get the conversation going in the comments.

[Reporting by Dan Storey, MTV UK]

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Joseph Gordon Levitt Denies ‘Akira’ Involvement…For Now

Originally posted 9/10/08 2:39 pm ET by Casey Seijas in Dark Horse, News @

Joseph Gordon LevittIt’s been quite some time since we’ve heard anything from the live-action “Akira” movie front, ever since it was initially announced earlier this year that Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company snagged the license to bring the manga-turned-anime classic to the big screen. So at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, MTV managed to catch up with actor Joseph Gordon Levitt, who’s rumored to play the role of Tetsuo.

When asked about the rumor, Levitt responded, “That just goes to show what you can believe about what people write about movies. I love the movie ‘Akira.’ I still have yet to read the manga, but that’s really just a rumor. They don’t have a script or anything.”

So while Levitt doesn’t necessarily say he’s not attached, it looks as though fans of what is arguably “The Godfather” of modern manga/anime properties will have to wait a bit longer before any official word comes out.

Anyone looking forward to a live-action “Akira” film? Or do you think the manga/anime are the end-all-be-all for the Japanese classic? Sound off in the comments!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Fan Sections Up

Just added a whole new section dedicated to works created by Akira fans about Akira. Fanart, Cosplay, Comics, Music, Film and anything else I find. Why not help expand it by submitting your own stuff. Oh yeah, I haven’t forgotten about the Forum, will get that done soon and all fan creations can be submitted that way in a dedicated section and the ones I feel deserve to go in the main site, will.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Wiki Removal Douche

It seems like some douch bag over at Wiki is removing my site from all the pages about Akira as he deems the site inappropriate. Some turd of a man who actually doesn’t understand the guidelines he so often points people towards, who has nothing better to do with his time other than take a grudge out on the site. The clue? the fact that BlueBladeAkira remains in the links section to the Akira (Manga) page and Akira2019 was removed, strange methinks. If one is relevant, then the other is also. Here’s what the dick left me on my talk page, my reply is after.
Akira (film)

“Please do not add inappropriate external links to Wikipedia, as you did in Akira (film). Wikipedia is not a mere directory of links nor should it be used for advertising or promotion. Inappropriate links include (but are not limited to) links to personal web sites, links to web sites with which you are affiliated, and links that exist to attract visitors to a web site or promote a product. See the external links guideline and spam policies for further explanations of links that are considered appropriate. If you feel the link should be added to the article, then please discuss it on the article’s talk page rather than re-adding it. See the welcome page to learn more about Wikipedia. Thank you. — ReyBrujo (talk) 11:21, 31 March 2008 (UTC)”

- I just love how he says “please do not ADD inappropriate links to Wikipedia” - like I’ve just come along and added it, no, I was there first, the link has been there for years, he removed it, does he have alzheimer’s or something? Would you all say this is a pretty appropriate site to link on a Wki page about Akira? I certainly would. I don’t get how some people just think they have more right over others when it comes to Wiki, he’s just some loser sat at home, much like me really, who has no right to be bossing people about or thinking he knows what’s right when he clearly doesn’t. You know what, the link was already there, so maybe he should have discussed why it should be removed on the talk page instead of just removing it. Practice what you preach mate.
Akira External Links

“Can you please explain to me how BlueBladeAkira remains in the Akira (Manga) page and how was removed? You was the last to edit it and it seems you removed one and not the other. It seems like you are taking an over zealous approach to what links can and can’t be included based on your personal opinion. I’ve read the guidelines and still see as the most relevant link there is to any article about Akira. Seems like nothing more than a grudge against the site. Just explain how RottenTomatoes and BlueBladeAkira are deemed relevant and isn’t? as per these articles -

You seem to have zoned in on one singular part of the links to be avoided article, mainly this part 4. Links mainly intended to promote a website. I think you are missing the point of this rule, the ‘MAINLY INTENDED’ part. if I was only ‘mainly intending’ to promote a site I would have linked any old irrelevant site, but instead I am linking a massive Akira resource, in fact, the largest on the web. The site has also been part of the links section along with BlueBladeAkira since Feb 2006 when I was editing the page back then. I didn’t realise someone would come along with a skewed perspective on what constitutes official and relevant, and what is allowed to be apart of Wiki. in fact I often remove irrelevant links myself, such as Otomo’s Freedom project link from the Akira (Manga) page because this is an irrelevant link, on the other hand isn’t. I’ve already spent too much time thinking about this, do as you wish, a better man walks away in the right. –Damn-Deal-Done (talk) 12:04, 31 March 2008 (UTC)”

I left this on the Akira (Film) talk page.
External Links

“”If the link is to a relevant and informative site” - has been linked since feb 2006, added by me and has remained there for a long time. It is one of the, if not the most relevant site about Akira and therefore, for this wiki. Someone also mentioned only “official sites please” when removing from the links. Well I wouldn’t exactly call Rotten Tomatoes site official, it’s a tiny review, how is that more relevant than a site that is aimed at every facet of Akira. What makes a site “official”? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Damn-Deal-Done (talk • contribs) 11:29, 31 March 2008 (UTC)”

- Well I’ve had my rant. People like him really get my feckles up. Just another crashing boar ready to tell people NO! at every step because it makes him feel big and important - editing a open source he had no part in creating, I hope he gets piles or worse, fuck him. Crashing boar, dick, motherfucker, If I was Jack Black I would give you such a karate chop to the neck, eat shit. :)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

New Site Design Live

27/03/2008 - 23:09:09 GMT

Wow, what an update. That’s right, you can probably see for yourselves that the site has had a facelift. These updates have been down to the news of an upcoming Akira Live Action Film which has inspired me to get this site up to shape again.

I won’t blab on about all the new features, I will let you discover them on your own, but lots has changed. A few new pages have been added and many cleaned up.

In the days after this update there will be a few smaller updates as I get everything finished and weed out any mistakes.

Hope you like it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New Contact Form

Yes, it’s an update. It’s only been two years but I’ve now added a new contact page to the site, this time with a form. Hopefully this should stop all the spam I receive.

I think soon I will give this site a makeover like I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, some of it just seems a little crappy to me now. Maybe soon.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

DiCaprio, Warner Bros. in for live-action ‘Akira’

Originally posted on Feb 21, 2008, ET by Borys Kit @

By Borys Kit

Anime classic “Akira” is getting the live-action big screen treatment courtesy of Leonardo DiCaprio and Warner Bros.

Ruairi Robinson has been hired to direct what would ideally be a two-part epic. Gary Whitta is writing the adaptation, which DiCaprio will produce via his Appian Way shingle. Andrew Lazar is also producing via his Mad Chance shingle. Jennifer Davisson, who heads up Appian, will also be involved in some producorial capacity.

“Akira” originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story was set in a neon-lit futuristic post-nuclear war “New Tokyo” in 2019 where a teen biker gang member is subjected to a government experiment which unleashes his latent powers. The gang’s leader must find a way to stop the ensuing swathe of destruction.

With its mature themes and cutting-edge animation, “Akira” was a milestone movie in anime and even animation circles, and led the way for anime making inroads into Western pop culture in the 1990s.

“Akira” has long been in development at the company, with producers Jon Peters and Basil Iwanyk involved at various times, as well as directors Stephen Norrington and Pitof. The rights lapsed but Warner managed to re-scoop them again for Robinson, who came to the studio with a vision of a two-part adaptation.

The new story moves the action to “New Manhattan,” a city rebuilt by Japanese money.

The studio is eyeing a summer 2009 release for the first movie.

Greg Silverman is overseeing for Warners. Otomo is executive producing. Legendary Pictures is co-financing.

Whitta, repped by UTA and Circle of Confusion, wrote “The Book of Eli,” which the Hughes Brothers are directing for Warners and Silver Pictures.

“Akira” would mark the feature directorial debut for Robinson who was nominated for a best animated short Oscar in 2001 for a sci-fi comedy called “Fifty Percent Grey.” He also wrote and directed a sci-fi short titled “The Silent City.” Robinson is repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Warner, Leonardo DiCaprio to Produce Live-Action Akira

Originally posted on 2008-02-20 17:45 EST @

Two films planned, with first film scheduled for Summer 2009 release

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety entertainment trade periodicals both report that Warner Brothers and Appian Way, the production company of actor Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, The Aviator), will adapt Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira manga into two live-action films. Each film will cover three volumes of the renowned science-fiction manga about a governmental genetic project and a teenager’s attempt to save a fellow biker gang member.

The manga set in Neo-Tokyo, a city rebuilt after being destroyed in a mysterious explosion. Otomo directed his own animated film adaptation that premiered on July 16, 1988 — the same day that the story has the fictional Tokyo being destroyed. The first live-action film is scheduled for release in the summer of 2009 and will move the story’s setting to “‘New Manhattan,’ a city rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years ago.”

Ireland’s Ruairi Robinson will be making his feature directorial debut with this project, and Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) is writing a script. Warner Brothers once had the film rights for Akira before, but Executive Vice-President Greg Silverman (300, Batman Begins) had to re-acquire them from Kodansha after a round of pitched bidding that reached seven figures. Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar, DiCaprio, and Appian Way’s Jennifer Davisson will produce. No announcement has been made regarding the cast.

Update: The free version of Hollywood Reporter’s article is now active, and more information about the original manga and anime adaptation have been added.

Update 2: The Hollywood Reporter’s article added a picture of the Akira character from CAPCOM’s Rival School (Rival Gakuen) videogames. This Akira character is entirely unrelated to either Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga or the planned live-action movies. Robinson directed “The Silent City” short with Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins’ Scarecrow) and the Oscar-nominated “Fifty Percent Grey” animated short. Whitta was the editor-in-chief of PC Gamer magazine and the writer of the comic-book adaptation of the Death Jr. videogame.