Akira originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. It was set in New Manhattan and followed the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments.
The project is so epic that it was originally planned as a trilogy, which leads me to the big question: What will Warner Bros. and director Jaume Collet-Serra get on the big screen with their live-action adaptation set to shoot in 2012?
During casting calls, the following plot crunch has leaked online. “Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel.
Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join with Ky Reed and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City thirty years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous but after finding his brother again, is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers.
Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy, Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo’s mind. Kaneda clashes with The Colonel’s troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races in to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan island, as he did thirty years ago.”
It’s cool that the plot sounds pretty much the same as the working source. I just wonder how deluded the final product will be with a short running time?