‘Children of Men’ Writers Scripting Live-Action ‘Akira’


I feel like the world is ready to know my shame. After hiding for too long, it’s finally time to come clean to all of you film lovers and anime fans out there.

I do not like Akira.

There, I’ve said it. After seeing the movie three times and owning the limited edition tin version, I still have a lot of trouble finding the love that most people have for it. My primary concern is that I have no idea what the hell is happening for most of it. This, I think stems directly from filmmakers attempting to condense far, far too much story into one movie. And yet, they somehow stuff two hours in such a way that makes it feel like three.

I realize that negative criticism isn’t enough to quench the thirst of those out there that would see my skin flayed off and hung from the tallest building in Neo-Tokyo for saying so, but now is not the time for all that. Now is the time to celebrate the quality of writing that’s currently finishing up the script for the live-action version of the film that Warners has been threatening to produce.

According to Collider, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are writing the adaptation.

These two men not only wrote Iron Man –  they also wrote Children of Men (which serves as proof of their ability to adapt difficult source material), and one of their names is ‘Hawk.’ According to the news, the project will presumably still be two films stemming from the manga set, and Warners is scheduling one of the releases for 2011 meaning they need to hop on the good foot and head into production soon.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard word on the project, so all we can do is assume that all the previous players are set in place including Appian Way, Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Oh, and for purest nitpickers out there, the setting will be in a futuristic Manhattan now. So get ready to boycott.

What do you think?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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