Ruairi Robinson to Direct Live Action 'Akira'

The film is aiming for a pre-strike start date.
Bloody Disgusting says that Warner Brothers is gearing up to make a live action version of the classic anime Akira. 29-year-old Irish Oscar nominee Ruairi Robinson has been tapped to direct the big screen adaptation.

The synopsis for Akira reads as follows: The year is 2019, 31 years after Tokyo was destroyed by a top secret weapons project during World War III. Now, Neo-Tokyo has risen from the ashes to become a dark and dangerous megalopolis infested with gangs and terrorists. The government seethes with corruption and only maintains token control over the powerful military that prevents total chaos and hides the secrets of the past.

Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda plunge into Neo-Tokyo's darkest secret when their motorcycle gang encounters a military operation to retrieve an escaped experimental subject. Tetsuo, captured by the military, is subjected to experiments that make him a powerful psychic, but, unfortunately for Neo-Tokyo, Tetsuo's powers rage out of control and he lashes out at the world that has oppressed him! Nothing can stop the destructive forces that Tetsuo wields except possibly the last boy to destroy Tokyo - Akira!

Akira does not have a set start date at this time. It is being reported that the film could very likely go into production before the impending strikes this June.

Akira was released March 30th, 1988 and stars Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda, Hiroshi Ôtake, Kôichi Kitamura, Michihiro Ikemizu, Yuriko Fuchizaki. The film is directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo.



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Comments (3)

  1. Funeral

    This looks like it's going to be the new trend in Hollywood.Turning great anime into live-action films and putting the original animated classics in great shame.This makes me cry a little.

    6 years agoby @funeralFlag

  2. izziaki

    I'm really hoping that they stay true to the story and not try to give it some new twist. Can't wait to see those bikes come to life.

    6 years agoby @izziakiFlag

  3. The Kwisatz Haderach

    Wow! This could be really cool. I love Akira one of my favorite Anime's.

    6 years agoby @the-kwisatz-haderachFlag