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‘Akira’ Gets a Remake, a Television Show, and a Remaster

Taika Waititi’s adaptation of the classic manga, Akira, is set to open May 21st, 2021, but we’re going to get so much Akira beforehand that’s it going to be staggering.

 

Still From the Movie 'Akira'

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You might want to sit down for this one because I’m about to spew a lot of words and lot of information is bout get to thrown in your face like a baseball. Ready? Okay, let’s go!

 

 

First, let’s build a foundation.

Still from the 'Akira' Manga

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Set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, Akira is a cyberpunk story revolves around teenage biker gang leader Kaneda, militant revolutionary Kei, a trio of Espers, and Neo-Tokyo’s military leader Colonel Shikishima to prevent Tetsuo, Kaneda’s mentally-imbalanced childhood friend, from using his unstable telekinetic abilities to ravage the city and awaken a mysterious individual with similar psychic abilities named “Akira”.

 

 

Initially serialized in the pages of Young Magazine from 1982 until 1990, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira was collected into six volumes by its publisher Kodansha before Marvel Comics published the book in the United States under their Epic Comics imprint, becoming one of the first manga works to be translated in its entirety into English.

 

Akira Movie Poster

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Katsuhiro Otomo adapted his own work, directing the film adaptation in 1988. Akira had a production budget of $9 million, making it the most expensive anime film of its time, but the expense proved to be worth it. The film gained an international cult following following its theatrical and VHS releases, eventually earning over $80 million worldwide from home video sales.

 

Akira-Manga Cover

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Now, The Verge is reporting that this “groundbreaking 1988 science fiction film Akira is getting a 4K remaster next year”. This remaster will launch in Japan on April 24th, 2020. While it’s still unknown when this remaster will arrive in the US of A, you can still enjoy the 2001 DVD release and the 2009 Blu-Ray release.

That’s number one, and it’s about to get a whole lot more complicated.

 

Still from Akira (1988)

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The second bit of news is that Digital Spy reports that the Akira is getting a TV series adaptation.

Engaget details this, writing that “Sunrise Inc. is producing a new project based on Akira that is supposed to be a continuation of the classic series, although there weren’t many details announced about it.”

You got that, right? We’re getting a 4K remaster of the original anime film, plus a continuation of that original film.

In addition, Taika Waititi’s film adaptation of the original manage is still on the go ahead. With a release date of May 21st, 202, we’re expecting information soon!

In fact, there is some! Character breakdowns were ‘release’, which are available here!

All in all we’re getting a 4K remaster of the original film, a continuation of the original film, and a live action film based on the mange the original film is based on. Got that?

 

Katsuhiro Otomo

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Oh yeah, Katsuhiro Otomo is directing a new work called Orbital Era about young boys living in a space colony as it’s being built.

 

 

The trailer is available below:

 

 

Excited for any of this news? Or were you expecting more Akira?

 

Akira-Still from the 1988 adaptation

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‘Akira’ Adaptation Gets Release Date!

Taika Waititi’s adaptation of the classic manga, Akira, is set to open May 21st, 2021.

 

AKIRA

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Set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, this cyberpunk story revolves around teenage biker gang leader Kaneda, militant revolutionary Kei, a trio of Espers, and Neo-Tokyo’s military leader Colonel Shikishima to prevent Tetsuo, Kaneda’s mentally-imbalanced childhood friend, from using his unstable telekinetic abilities to ravage the city and awaken a mysterious individual with similar psychic abilities named “Akira”.

Initially serialized in the pages of Young Magazine from 1982 until 1990, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira was collected into six volumes by its publisher Kodansha before Marvel Comics published the book in the United States under their Epic Comics imprint, becoming one of the first manga works to be translated in its entirety into English.

 

AKIRA 1988

Image Via Akira Wiki – Fandom.com

Katsuhiro Otomo adapted his own work, directing the film adaptation in 1988. Akira had a production budget of $9 million, making it the most expensive anime film of its time, but the expense proved to be worth it. The film gained an international cult following following its theatrical and VHS releases, eventually earning over $80 million worldwide from home video sales.

The film paved the way for Japanese popular culture to influence Western culture from animation to comics to film to music to television to video games.

Perhaps it was only inevitable that a live-action adaptation would be made. According to Hollywood Reporter, the film has been in development hell. “Back in 2012, a version that would have starred Garrett Hedlund was shelved, with various filmmakers coming and going on the project that would have been an Americanized version of the story.”

I’m getting Ghost in the Shell flashbacks.

 

Appian Way

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Now Leonardo DiCaprio and Andrew Lazar, through DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, are producing the film with Taika Waititi as director, who “is expected to go a more authentic route, stating back in 2017 that he would want to cast Asian actors in the roles.”

 

Taika Waititi

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Taika Waititi is known for his Academy Award nominated short film Two Cars, One Night and his masterpieces Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, as well as this little film called Thor: Ragnarok.

Back in 2017, when Thor: Ragnarok was in full swing, Taika Waititi told IGN:

“Yeah. actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent.”

He also told them that:

I actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books

Now, according to Empire, Warner Bros. has dated the film for May 21st, 2021, which puts it up against John Wick 4. Given that John Wick 3: Parabellum has already passed $180 million at the box office, this might be a tough fight.

But as Vulture reports, this could be “an excellent idea for a potential crossover sequel if we’ve ever heard one”.

 

 

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