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AKIRA adaptation gets a re-write; list of potential lead actors released

Symon Cordova

by: Symon Cordova
March 22nd, 2011

I'm so glad that the AKIRA big screen adaptation is getting some steam and moving forward, and it seems like it's not just fans who are getting excited about the project. After what seems to be a serious script re-write by Steve Kloves (who wrote screenplays for the HARRY POTTER, franchise as well as working on the current screenplay for the SPIDERMAN re-boot), director Albert Hughes and studios Warner Bros. and Legendary are getting excited and have apparently sent this script to Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, and James McAvoy for the role of Tetsuo, and then to Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake, and Joaquin Phoenix for the role of Kaneda.

If you have not seen the original 1988 anime film adaptation of AKIRA, it is a must-see. Even if you are not a traditional anime fan, it really is an awesome action/mind-bender of a film. It even includes a scene that the minds behind THE MATRIX TRILOGY no doubt got some of their influence from.

The plot of AKIRA goes as follows:

In a rebuilt New Manhattan a leader of a biker gang saves a friend from a medical experiment, and if they follow the plot of the 1988 version, the friend that is experimented on becomes a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.  But no information on whether it will be following it as close with only landmarks and locations changed.

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