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Director Jaume Collet-Serra Dishes His Vision for Akira

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At the press junket for his latest Liam Neeson action vehicle Non-Stop--the second after Unknown and before next year's Run All Night--director Jaume Collet-Serra gave us the skinny on his much-buzzed-about remake of Akira for Warner Bros. In 2011 he was all set to helm the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's beloved manga and cult 1988 anime, with Garrett Hedlund in the frame as biker gang leader Kaneda, before the studio decided $90 million was too big a gamble for an admittedly oddball project with subversive political undertones and heady sci-fi concepts galore.

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MasterD9192128d ago

I think the chances of a great Akira movie are a long-shot. However, I could see it working if they were able to do it right with the right actors. Unfortunately, I don't believe the 2011 movie would have been worthy of praise and like Halo- I think pulling the plug was the best decision as the movie itself was just too much to undertake in terms of production.

Defectiv3_Detectiv32128d ago

Considering how big the scope of Akira is, 90 million dollars doesn't seem like a very big budget. I'm glad that version was canned as well, but I don't see this new version being any better. The movie could use a more experienced director.