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Oct 1st
08:26 pm
Akira Update  
This is friends only cause this info should still be kept kind of low-key. It is from a publication that has relatively limited access, mostly industry people, and it is not set in stone yet.

So, in other words, please wait to spread these details around to other forums/sites/blogs until there is a formal announcement or until some reputable film blog posts it as a scoop... which I'm guessing might happen soon if it all works out.

From Production Weekly (dated 10/07/10, issue 733):

*In case it is confusing, 04/08/10 is the date when the Production Weekly entry for the film was last updated.

There was some random who posted a thread today about Akira on Zac's imdb board stating it was a rumor that WB wanted him for Tetsuo in Akira. I'm not sure if they saw this same info or just saw it on his Baseline account (where we first saw it a year ago). The timing makes me think they saw it in Production Weekly, which means they don't really know which character they want him for.

TBH Zac for Tetsuo doesn't totally make sense to me. I definitely picture him more as Kaneda who is a charming and likeable rapscallion, even if he's a bit full of himself. Tetsuo is the crazy one who suffers from quite the inferiority complex. I know that as an actor, Zac should be able to do a variety of roles but it seems, in this case, wise to work with your natural energies, especially since Kaneda, as the hero, is just plain cooler (though who isn't envious of Tetsuo's whack mutated arm).

Either way it is exciting cause Zac has expressed publicly and privately that he is very interested in an Akira live-action adaptation. Hopefully it does come together for him and further hopefully the script and execution is awesome.

Mood: hopefulhopeful
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Shruticalcified on October 2nd, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
I hope it works out, just because yk Zac would be so happy doing this.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 2nd, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
if he gets to be kaneda, he even gets an awesome weapon finally

not quite as awesome as the mutated arm, but that plus the bike i think evens it out.
taw091300 on October 2nd, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
totally agree. he would be ecstatic doing this. i don't know too much about this story but i really hope he gets to do it.
Bee: Zac - GQ - Jumping on Car 1jeezbee on October 2nd, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
While I do have some concerns because it's a very high risk project (because manga/anime live action movies were never successful in the past), the director wouldn't be my first choice and one of the producers hasn't really created fantastic movies recently, I would be still happy for this to happen.

Because as Shruti said, he would love to do it and be very happy about it but also, after Sparks, it can only go up - at least it's not another sappy romance. And this would finally give him a foothold into the male demo if they accept him in this.

Plus, as PW noted, they seem to aim for a February start, so this would give him another project right after TLO which I had been hoping for.

I just hope that he insists on script approval in case the script isn't finished yet.
jessica3311: Mauijessica3311 on October 2nd, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
OMFG eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!!!!! THIS HAS TO HAPPEN <3 <3 <3

Appian Way Productions FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am freaking just so u know.
nahbruhbeeonkaa on October 2nd, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
/omg this game ;__________; IT IS KILLING ME.

Holy Grail it is then!

I love how whenever PW has an update about Akira my source's source doesn't give her that week's edition. EVERY TIME. But good shit having access to it yourself lol. IDT they're offering him Tetsuo tho, maybe it's just a feeler cuz normally they specify what roles are offered to whom etc. (Leo's not still interested in starring right, just producing? Lol at the thought of a grown-ass man playing a 15 yo.) Cuz I honestly don't see Zac playing him. Though tbh I feel he'd be the bigger reach for Zac acting-wise given the circumstances. But I mean Kaneda's the lead for a reason && omg unf at a real-life version of his bike. I AM MOST EXCITED ABOUT THE BIKES TBH (I'm iffy about live-action manga adaptations...)

But omg he must be on cloud nine if the most recent draft is up to par. SPIDER-MAN WHO? Lol jk but no foreal, I'm still kinda ...wrud over WB giving the damn Hughes brothers such a big undertaking. This ain't some Yogi Bear shit, just cuz The Book of Eli made $150M+ doesn't make them cut-out to handle such a big story. Ithink I've overcome most of rage over them not casting any Azns, IT'S HOLLYWOOD whatcha gonna do. Especially with source material like this, you need names to draw in mainstream audiences.

I can digg this, especially like Bee said, after Sparks -- YOU CAN ONLY GO UP. Maybe that was his strategy all along guys.... get us so distraught over the stupidest film choice of ever so that when something awesome comes up he can be like, "HAHA SUCKAS." (I still think Sparks was a package deal && he gets to do something possibly-great like this.)
Beejeezbee on October 2nd, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
I'm just concerned it turns into a DBZ disaster.

I'm not thrilled with Albert Hughes either (btw, it's only Albert directing, not the brothers anymore) but otoh there are a lot of worse choices as well. Several of the directors who recently got big tentpoles (incl superhero ones) are worse imo. Unfortunately, there are only very few really good directors who could take this on where I would be happy without any caveats and those know how big a risk this is too. The Hughes Brothers worked with a lot of A-listers (like Denzel or Johnny) so they must have something in order for them to approve of them as directors/come on board to the movie. Idk what it is but lets hope it's good enough for this movie.

Who would you like to take on Tetsou? (Assuming that Zac would be Kaneda)
nahbruhbeeonkaa on October 2nd, 2010 09:30 am (UTC)
I love that I had this whole response written out hours ago, && then my iPhone died before I could press 'Post Comment.'

ANWHOO, ugh... still crying over DBZ. I waited ten years for that live-action adaptation, I had to laugh by the end of it to keep myself from dehydrating due to the river of tears I would've cried.

Ahh just Albert then. I wonder if he's the better brother... lol. But no you're right, it could be worse in terms of experience-level (Side-note: Joss Whedon && Marc Webb.... IDEK, I guess at least Joss has the fanboy vote of approval. My gawd Ballroom 20 went nuts when he came out at SDCC, I couldn't even hear myself think.) It's by no means dire, just not ideal; so cheaaas hope for the best, etc.

My ideal Tetsou would've been Joe through && through, but like C already pointed out he's been set to shoot Looper since May (OMG EXCITE AT HIM && RIAN REUNITING ♥ /end). But at the same time, had that worked out IDK if his Tetsou would play well against Zac's Kaneda, assuming they want him for Kaneda. But first person that comes to mind now -- Rami Malek, hands down. I still can't believe his talent is gonna be wasted on Twilight.
Bee: Zac - GQ - Balancing on Car 1jeezbee on October 3rd, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Marc Webb might be a newbie but personally I would still have more confidence in him than Joss Whedon or Joe Johnston. I know the fanboys go crazy over Joss but the guy never made a successful feature film and after Buffy & Angel, his TV ventures weren't really that great either (and I'm a Buffy fan too). I know Firefly is loved but I'm not sure it's really that great storytelling. And everything I see from Captain America has me rolling my eyes... Anyway, at least the Hughes' are young, so hopefully they can get better with every movie...

Yeah, I think everyone would love JGL to do it but I feel even if he were available, he wouldn't. He has a lot of heat right now and is in the perfect age for male actors (unlike Zac... early 20s suck for guys - all roles are either to play teenagers or for characters 28+), so taking a project like this would probably not a smart move for him, esp after he's in G.I. Joe already.

I've never heard of Rami Malek tbh. Looking at his IMDb profile pic, based on my limited knowledge he seems like a good fit visually but I guess my "selection criteria" would be different.

Knowing how little credibility live-action anime adaptions have so far and how little fanboy acceptance and credibility as actor Zac has, my main priority would be to have someone who brings exactly this. Zac will bring the mainstream appeal but Tetsou should bring the fanboy acceptance.

From that POV, Rami Malek would be an absolute no in my book because his association with Twilight would put the entire movie into the categoy "crappy movie with guys from HSM and Twilight I will automatically ignore" - it doesn't even matter how good an actor Malek is.

I think my preference just based on the factors I've mentioned would be Anton Yelchin. The fanboys love him and the critics do too. Although as Cady pointed out, he probably doesn't have the perfect look for Tetsou. Jamie Bell could be also an option imo.

I think in order to be taken serious from all the bloggers/journalists, Tetsou should't have any CW, Twilight, Disney etc association.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 2nd, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
lol. i think the bikes are what most people will be jonesing over.

the gary whitta draft had kaneda and tetsuo at 21.

leo is just producing. jgl had been an idea for tetsuo but if akira is filming in february, he's already booked... i am curious to see who they choose then. i'm not sure about the hughes either, but fingers crossed.

ia that it could be a package deal or something, though couldn't they find a better half than TLO, lol.
jessica3311: Cobb<3Maljessica3311 on October 2nd, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
hm i know Leo & JGL got along really great for Inception. Plus JGL has a boy crush on Leo just like Zac. I would LOVE LOVE for Zac & JGL to do this together *pouts*
nahbruhbeeonkaa on October 2nd, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
I made the mistake of leaving the DVD playing when my cousin came over to drop off her kid so I could babysit. The bike was all he cared about, ofc I don't expect a 9 year old to be interested in the complexities of the story but I was right there with him, cuz ya know.... THAT BIKE.

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Ahhhh ok, that clears that up then. That works out better for mainstream audiences as well, cuz if Kick-Ass taught us anything, it's that some people take issue to children cursing && killing people; && that was literal child's play compared to this.

That's the draft with Neo NYC instead of Tokyo, yea? I wonder if they're going to pursue that... I really rather they not tbh, but that's more my personal preference to not deter too far from the source material. I know /Film was down for it at least (side-eyeing you like mad Peter.) Yea! I remember seeing that on 4chan somewhere lol. That would've been lovely.

They wanted to test him obviously, see how low he could go. THAT'S A LITTLE TOO LOW WB, BE NICE DAMN.
rachel berry ★audrey on October 2nd, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
It might say Akira, but I'm reading Kira.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators): death note or elseehs_wildcats on October 2nd, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
lol, ik. first we had the DEATH and life of charlie st. cloud that confused everyone and now it will be aKIRA confusing everyone.
summertimecarol_rio on October 2nd, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Ohhh I would like that very much.
Remember a sighting(tweet?) of Zac being on the farmers market or something like that with Leo? If it's true then maybe it was something related to it?
jessica3311: Finn <3 Racheljessica3311 on October 2nd, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Could be!!!!
shadow830shadow830 on October 3rd, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
Thank you for the info C :)