WB Stops Its Live Action AKIRA Movie Due To Budget Problem

Good news for those of you who think WB’s Live action AKIRA movie is an abomination. They’ve put the project on hold, but it’s not dead and it’s not because studio has listened to the fans’ outrage over the mostly Caucasian casting and the altered storyline, but Hollywood Reporter said it’s because of budget problem..

The project is shut down, production offices in Vancouver are closed and talents and crews are told not to work, told to go home.
Just like LONE RANGER and PARADISE LOST, both of which went through the same dilemma, AKIRA producers will talk with director Jaumet Collet-Serra for the next couple of weeks, trying to rework script which was rewritten by Steve Kloves (Harry Potter Movies) in hopes that they’d be able to somehow trim down the budget
As mentioned earlier, the project is not dead yet but if this problem’s not resolved soon enough, the project could meet its untimely end, a possibility that some of you won’t have objection to.

The report states that filmmaker already cut down the budget from the initial number when Albert Hughes was once attached to direct.
It’s not in the $90 Million range and they want to bring it down to at least $60 – $70 Million range.

As far as casting goes, so far only Garrett Hedlund is officially signed on to star as Kaneda
Meanwhile names like Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter are reportedly in different stages of negotiations.

Hey, WB! Maybe this is the god of cinema telling you not to mess with AKIRA

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran will produce via their shingle, Appian Way, in collaboration with Andrew Lazar‘s Mad Chance.
Katsuhiro Otomo, who wrote and directed 1988′s Japanese anime movie version, will exec-produce

AKIRA, based on anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume graphic novel masterwork, is set in a futuristic post-nuclear war Tokyo in 2019 where a teen biker gang member is subjected to a government experiment which unleashes his latent powers. The gang’s leader must find a way to stop the ensuing swathe of destruction
BUT the movie version will be set in “New Manhattan,”

Here’s the previous possible plot for this live action adaptation..

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.

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