Leo is in charge, a Marvel showrunner is on board to direct, and Neo-Tokyo could be a post-apocalyptic LA
by Hannah Weiss
Akira is the legendary cyberpunk story of biker gangs and government experiments, credited with introducing the western world to god damn good anime in the 90s. Rumours of a live-action remake might finally become reality, now the California Film Commission has awarded the project an $18.5 million tax credit to go ahead in the Golden State.
Originally made by Katsuhiro Otomo for leading manga publisher Kodansha’s Young Magazine in 1982, Akira was later adapted for the iconic 1988 animated film, which Otomo also directed. Details around the remake are still swirling, but if Akira is going to take advantage of the biggest cash incentive under the state’s latest Film & TV Tax Credit Program, production must go ahead in the next six months. It’s the most major move for the film after years of rumours, developmental setbacks, and false starts.
That’s a pretty strong sign that Akira’s Neo-Tokyo backdrop is going to be transplanted into a more Americanised Neo-California. Will the cast be whitewashed? Will a Marvel alum be taking the helm? …
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April 05, 2019