Sunday, October 28, 2007

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Akira’ Live Action Remake Finds Director!!!

Originally posted on Sunday, October 28, 2007 by MrDisgusting @

One of the greatest post-apocalyptic thrillers ever told was the animated Manga Akira, which saw an announcement wayyyy back in July of 2003 that James Robinson would pen the adaptation with director Steven Norrington. I’m sure this has long passed, but we do have something official that just leaked to us through the grapevine, something that’s going to blow your socks off. We’ve been informed that Warner Bros. Pictures is trying to get Akira off the ground pre-strike and have attached 29-year-old Oscar nominated Irish director Ruairi Robinson! No more details have been revealed other than he directed a mind blowing short film entitled The Silent City, which can be viewed over at BDTV. Watch this spot for more news soon and cross your fingers that this sucker gets rolling ASAP.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Catwoman Director to Helm Akira

Originally posted on 2004-10-23 16:39 EDT @

In an interview with French website Télérama, Katsuhiro Otomo has stated that Pitof, the director of Catwoman, is set to direct the live action adaptation of Akira.

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

WB giving life to anime ‘Akira’

Originally posted on Wed., Oct. 9, 2002, 9:00pm PT by DANA HARRIS, CATHY DUNKLEY @

‘League’ team to tackle live-action Japanimation pic

Warner Bros. Pictures will produce a live-action, English-language remake of Japan’s anime classic “Akira.”

Stephen Norrington, who has just wrapped “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” has reteamed with “League” screenwriter James Robinson to develop the project. Jon Peters will produce.

Released in 1988, “Akira” was the brainchild of Katsuhiro Otomo, who directed the film and wrote the comic from which it stemmed.

The remake will tell the story of a bike gang leader who must rescue his younger brother from his involvement in Akira, a secret government project. In the process, the biker must do battle with anti-government activists, greedy politicians and irresponsible scientists.

Robinson told Daily Variety that he came to the project after Norrington had been developing the idea with Warners execs Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin, but had yet to find a take they liked.

“I’ve been a fan of the anime for many years and understood which elements would have to be brought to a live-action translation of it,” said the Endeavor-repped Robinson, who also wrote and directed “Comic Book Villains” for Lions Gate Films. “I’ve tried to retain as many iconic elements of the anime as possible.” Robinson is now fine-tuning a producer’s draft.

Twentieth Century Fox’s “League” also has its roots in animation, with Robinson adapting it from Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s comic book series. That pic is set in a version of Victorian-era England, where fictional characters like Dr. Jekyll, Capt. Nemo and Allan Quartermain actually exist and band together to fight crime for the queen.

Peters is currently busy ironing the red cape for “Superman,” which he is producing for Warners.