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!

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