Keanu Reeves joining the $230 million-budgeted AKIRA film?

Joshua Brunsting

May 6th, 2011

Apparently it takes scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel to get what sounds like one of the film world’s biggest undertakings off the ground.

In a pair of stories from both Vulture and THR, it has been revealed that none other than Keanu Reeves is currently in talks to star as Kaneda in the hotly talked-about, but not all that anticipated, live action adaptation of the beloved manga series and anime film. 

The film will also apparently be budgeted at $230 million, making it quite a big undertaking, that frankly, doesn’t have the steam to really make back its money.

The two-film franchise, set to be steered towards a PG-13, will be helmed by Albert Hughes, and with the likelihood of that budget number being for both films combined, and not just the first one (although I wouldn’t doubt that this would ultimately be shot back-to-back), this is definitely an interesting route to go. 

Personally, after seeing names like James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Robert Pattinson tossed around with the role of Kaneda, it’s a bit weird to see them go with Reeves, but honestly, the white-washing of this film is a bit weird as a whole in the first place. I am such a big fan of the original anime film (haven’t read the manga) so overall, I have absolutely no interest in this project.

What do you think?

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