I recently found this article about the making of a real life Akira movie:
Warner Bros. Pictures have set their sights on another comic books success with the production of a live action, english-language version of the classic anime "Akira". Hoping to ensure its success, the studio has asked the veteran comic book to movie team of Norrington and Robinson to develop the Project.
Directing the project will be Stephen Norrington, who has just wrapped production on the superhero drama "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." Joining him will be "League" screenwriter James Robinson.
"I've been a fan of the anime for many years and understand which elements would have to be brought to a live-action translation of it," Robinson told Daily Variety. "I've tried to retain as many iconic elements of the anime as possible."
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.
What do you think about it? Would you go see it? would you like it if you did?