Yeah, the Akira remake is still going ahead. Put down the torches and pitchforks for a second. Now, you may want to sit down, but if you’re worried about this remake, the latest news might not assuage those fears.
Sitting comfortably? Okay, then I’ll begin. Steve Kloves, the man behind every of the Harry Potter film bar one – hey, come on! Come back! Right, look. He’s a talented screenwriter, and you’d rather have the biggest anime film of all time in his hands, surely?
Admittedly, yes, it’s going to be a seriously weird film. Not only have rumours indicated the hero, Kaneda, will be played by Zac Efron (which should spark off a fresh wave of racial debate after The Last Airbender‘s white-out of the assumed Asian cast), but Morgan Freeman could be playing the main police officer hunting him down, the Colonel.
As someone who’s watched the anime, I say stuff it – go for it and see what happens. This film’s being slammed by critics so hard before its release that it’s got no chance in hell of impressing anyone outside FHM and The Daily Mirror upon release, even if it is a masterpiece. So, if it’s good, it’s good.
It’s not the anime, of course it isn’t. But logically, what about people with a huge passion for Dragon Ball? That in itself is an adaptation of the Chinese classical novel Journey to the West. Sure, it might turn out like Speed Racer (hopefully without the animal cruelty charges), but what if it turns out to be something that truly depicts the dark majesty of Akira, which, in itself, is an adaptation of the manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. So there. Chill out, and more on this as it comes.