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Jaume Collet-Serra Slams ‘Akira’ – But He’s Right!

With Non-Stop in theaters February 28, director Jaume Collet-Serra spoke with Comingsoon about the forthcoming Akira adaptation, which has been in development hell for nearly a decade. While Collet-Serra is still attached to direct for Warner Bros., it’s far from a sure thing. Still, he’s developing his vision, which includes improving the character dynamics. In this interview, he blasts the original manga, rightfully so. It doesn’t mean that the original is bad, it just means that there’s room for improvement. Even being a huge Akira fan myself, I can’t argue with him…

You have to be respectful of the source material,” says Collet-Serra before implying that it will be his own vision. “Otomo adapted his own work from a manga into an anime and both things are completely different and genius. The only way to do a live version of “Akira” is to take the spirit and adapt it. It will be as different as the anime was from the manga.

I hope that I can bring strong characters,” he adds, speaking on developing better protags. “In the original source material, I don’t think the main characters are the protagonists. What I’m hoping is to bring characters.

Nobody’s interesting [in the originals]. Tetsuo’s interesting because weird sh*t happens to him, and Kaneda is so two-dimensional. That’s part of the Japanese culture, they never have strong characters. They’re used as a way to move the other philosophy forward.

The last reported, Garrett Hedlund was in talks for the adaptation set in New Manhattan, where the the leader of a biker gang must save his friend, who is discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities from government medical experiments.



  • Nothing333

    Well color me skeptical he’s the one to do it. The nerd base is already against this movie being made. They were also against Enders Game, Carrie, and Let Me In and look what happened there.

    • Jasonicus

      Yes, they were terrible. What’s your point?

  • I remember watching Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and Battle Angel Alita when I was 12 (ish) & being completely blown away with the concepts. I mean the week before I was watching the TMNT tv show and then suddenly got into anime because of these 3 films. While I’m not too keen on this director, he does at least sound like he’s trying to do something fresh with this concept and still go against the grain in execution. Also if Garrett Hedlund is still attached I’m there (dude rocked it in Four Brothers and Death Sentence, not to mention Tron 2).

  • Chancey289

    I like the idea of making it more of its own thing but, I’m skeptical now. This is the guy behind the House of Wax remake and Orphan and I just don’t agree with the way he talked about some things.

    Tetsuo isn’t interesting because just weird shit happens to him but what he does with the power and the weird shit. And I always thought of the characters being just right because they’re just a bunch of punk ass kids who get mixed up in stuff that’s way bigger than any of them.

    I’m not against a live action remake because I’d love to see one but, I just want a good one doing it justice because Akira is one of my favorite films.

  • Jasonicus

    This dude can fuck off. This will be a complete mess.

  • KidNickles

    This article is ALL fucking wrong…If ANY of you had seen the ORIGINAL Akira theatrical release (the ORIGINAL was a 3+ hour release compared to the SLIGHTLY more than 2 hour home release), you would realize that it is VERY close the the manga…it wasn’t until it went to video that it was cut and butchered down into what we know it as today…The editors were shit for doing this, and I think this new writer/director clown (no pun intended) is going to do an even worse job…I hope this fucking ass hat gets AIDS for trying to further butcher such a monumental milestone in both the history of graphic novels and in anime…

    • sweetooth

      Color me VERY interested. I’ve never heard of a longer version of Akira and can find no information on it after a cursory search online (including which is usually pretty thorough about these sorts of things).

    • Salvador

      You’re a brainless stupid for wanting someone that disease

  • ChildoftheKoRn

    I’m cool with adaptations instead of an actual Remake. However, if you turn this into a DragonBall Z live action movie, I will hurt your face.

    • dirtyghettok

      This!!!!!, especially the last part.

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