If Akira Was Made in the USA

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Cartoonist Harry Partridge has done up a quick video that encapsulates what Akira, a Japanese Animation movie, would look like if it were made in the USA. The timing surely has something to do with the fact that Waner Brothers is in the process of making a live-action version of the 1988 anime cult-classic.

Described as:

A kinetic, dystopian vision where young motorcycle gangs roam Neo-Tokyo. Post-nuclear war and all hell breaks loose when one is exposed to a government experiment, thus gaining menacing powers.

The live-action version will be developed into two parts with the first installment tentatively scheduled for a summer February 2010 release. Warner Brothers and Appian Way will adapt the two movies from the manga, with each movie covering three volumes of the original comic. Leonardo DiCaprio is slated as one of the films producers, but there is no official word yet on who the cast will be, although speculation puts DiCaprio as Kaneda and Joseph Gordon Levitt as Tetsuo.


Jensen Beeler

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