Possible ‘Akira’ Plot Summary Released

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akira plot synopsis Possible Akira Plot Summary Released

Warner Bros.’ decision to press ahead with a live-action Americanized take on the cult-favorite anime/manga Akira has proven very unpopular with hardcore fans of the allegorical Japanese sci-fi property. Nonetheless, the project is indeed moving forward, so now it remains to be seen how exactly director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown) will adapt the story to a futuristic U.S. setting.

A possible plot synopsis has been released for the new Akira, which is reportedly set to begin filming in Canada by Spring 2012. While the aforementioned plot summary is (in many ways) identical to that of its inspiration(s), there are a few noteworthy differences.

Here is the supposed Akira synopsis, as posted on Acting Auditions (note: the actors/actresses listed here have not yet been officially confirmed to star in the film):

Kaneda (Garrett Hedlund) is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel.

Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join with Ky Reed (Kristen Stewart) and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City thirty years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous but after finding his brother again, is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers.

Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy, Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo’s mind. Kaneda clashes with The Colonel’s troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races in to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan island, as he did thirty years ago.

It ought to be pointed out that the Acting Auditions site also indicates that the Kaneda character is still the leader of a motorcycle gang and that Ky is “a powerful medium who use psychic powers of her own, but can channel the powers of others through her body.” Additionally, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter are also shortlisted as starring in the film (neither of them are officially set for the project).

Albert Hughes Leaves Akira Movie Possible Akira Plot Summary Released

Another thing to note is that the previously-referenced site also lists the primary scribes behind Akira as being Steve Kloves (all but the fifth Harry Potter movie), Albert Torres (the indie dramedy Henry Poole Is Here), and relative unknown David James. It’s not clear whether or not that means for certain that material from earlier drafts penned by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) will not be used in the final shooting script for Akira.

That’s all to say: despite the over-abundance of negativity surrounding this project, it’s not fair to declare that the new Akira is utterly doomed to become another terrible Hollywood blockbuster. There is some solid creative talent working behind-the-scenes; several noteworthy actors are testing for the film’s most pivotal role (Tetsuo); Watanabe and Carter are two thespians that tend to shine, no matter what movie they are in; and, to the average person who is not remotely familiar with the original source material, this new Akira probably reads as being a potentially cool cyberpunk thriller with some (slight) social commentary.

Naturally, that doesn’t at all guarantee that Akira won’t turn out to be the mess many are predicting. As always, it’s best to just wait and see more before reaching any final conclusions – lest the final product actually turn okay and all the detractors be left eating humble pie.


We will continue to keep you posted on the status of Akira as the story develops.

Source: Acting Auditions (via Bleeding Cool)

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  1. its best to wait and see with any project
    i’m still waiting on The Dark Knight Rises
    and Man of Steel,and Star Trek 2,I cant worry
    just yet about Akira I have to see those films

  2. So Kirsten Stewart is officially attached to the movie now?

  3. Okay, it wasn’t a great anime from the off. Giles Poitrous(?) was dead wrong, this wasn’t the Epiphany or the big move towards American Audience becoming fans.. there were over 2 million plus already Giles!!!
    That being said, this story and it’s plot line didn’t need to be changed. This was a very good cautionary tale about science and its limits and not brooding teenagers…
    I hope, hope mind you that they get the point and or at least ask the older fans first before they muck about the story…
    Will see though…

  4. Basically I see Hollywood turning it into a “Evil Government turns kids into killers” vein. After all military governments are the go to evil for most of the last 10 years.

  5. As summaries go it sounds pretty terrible and why the name change for Kaori to Ky Reed if other mentioned characters retained their names? Unless she is an almagamation of Kaori and other characters?

  6. LAME! The compelling factor of the first movie was the kids rebellion against authority, the friendship dynamic between the two and the government cover-up. Plus it was tetsuo that was the evil bastard in the end forcing Kanada to feel obligated to put him down. Their friendship dynamic was compelling because it is what first drove Kanada to find Tetsuo and then later feel compelled to stop him. How do you lose that and still have anything resembling the orginal?

  7. Cautiously optimistic.

  8. Any and all alterations to ‘Akira’ like what they are currently planning to do will only cause more negative backlash. These ignorant buffoons are doing what THEY believe is right instead of filming the movie as is. Hollywood, not only can they make movies but they can also make lame directors and producers who are REAL good at being pathetic!!!

  9. it’s not fair to declare that the new Akira is utterly doomed to become another terrible Hollywood blockbuster

    Sorry but I think it’s completely fair considering the hack job they are doing to the story. If they aren’t going to treat the original source material with some measure of reverence then they deserve every unkind word and negative comment they get.

  10. Please, I beg that they reconsider naming the movie something else and change the characters names as well. This is just BS. Somebody please do something! 1.) Storyline (an obvious change) 2.) wrong people to play the parts. really? Hedlund & Stewart WTF?. 3.) NO faith in anime or it’s creators. 4.) let me guess, 3D also? If I find out who the execs behind this s*** in Warner Bros. I fly to Hollywood and end their existence.

  11. It’s another speed racer, and surely the studio knows it’s very risky. The animated movie was the first anime I ever watched and it blew me away back in the eighties, I then went back and got the issues. I watched the movie again recently and it really stands the test of time. Why wouldn’t the studio simply model it after the movie? It was a little confusing for those unfamiliar, but a perfectly complex story about evolution.

    Honestly, I’ve been a hater on this new so-called AKIRA since the first news on it. Like transformers, I feared another cherished childhood interest tainted on screen. But I tire of the hate, I’m either gonna hope for the best on this film, or stop complaining about it.

  12. Ehh they can do whatever they want. Peter Jackson made additions/changed things to LOTR, they are fantastic films. Watchmen is the one film I can think of that is closest to the source material–aside from the ending–just make it good is all I am going to say.

    • Jackson made changes to the story to make it FIT into the allotted time. Other than that he was pretty faithful to the source material all things considered.

      What you are suggesting would be akin to LotR taking place on Mars and all of the characters replaced with aliens. As long as they follow the same general story it would work, right? /rolls eyes

  13. What really disappoints me about this movie so far is the terrible casting of uber-bland Garret Hedlund. Is there a more milquetoast actor working today?

  14. wtf?

  15. *with a stunned look*

    As noted, a lot of hardcore fans are against the live action adaptions of anime. However please note that they aren’t against a live action version of the show, but the very large chance that the production won’t be able to come close to bringing the character and feeling over of what makes the show popular.

    If this synopsis is anywhere near accurate. . . Why are they calling it Akira?

    I am not a “fan” of Akira, but it is a classic, and I do know the characters and story. Except for character names, the story sounds only vaguely like Akira if you really go out on a limb and say, sure, that kinda happened.

  16. this is like watching a train wreck happen.

  17. Once I read “Neo-Manhattan” I had stop reading for a minute. Decided to carry on, read Kaneda and Tetsuo were brothers and then lost all hope for the movie.

  18. They should have M. Night Shamalama direct this steaming pile of dung. The original has hundreds of millions of fans worldwide so why would you break the story so you can milk ignorant retards that go to see EVERY new movie with Nicholas Cage in it that have never seen the anime or manga?

  19. They should have M. Night Shamalama direct this steaming pile of dung. The original has hundreds of millions of fans worldwide so why would you break the story so you can milk ignorant retards that go to see EVERY new movie with Nicholas Cage in it, that have never seen the anime or manga?

  20. They should have M. Night Shamalama direct this steaming pile of dung. The original has hundreds of millions of fans worldwide so why would you break the story so you can milk ignorant r-tards that go to see EVERY new movie with Nicholas Cage in it, that have never seen the anime or manga?

  21. why do the white actors have japanese names? i hope they fix that, or maybe the surprise is that they’ll all be in asian-face like that one guy in breakfast at tiffanys.

  22. I don’t see what the big deal is. Everytime there’s a remake someone throws their arms up in the air and declares it utter blasphemy from the get-go. But ya know what? Sometimes – it defies those expectations. Case in point, the new Battlestar Galactica, which was vastly superior to its original (I could barely get thru 40 minutes of that over camped space melodrama). They revamped the complete series – characters, story, all. And it gave new life to an “okay” classic. Now I’m not saying Hollywood won’t butcher this. They don’t exactly have a stellar track record (Dragonball Evolution anybody?) – but who knows? I’m a story buff myself, but I also recognize the significant differences culturally between america and japan, so I think some streamlining of the story to fit the tastes of americans is required. I think that those of us who spend alot of our time with our heads thoroughly lodged up the tail pipe of the rising sun seem to forget that they have a very particular style of storytelling that doesn’t exactly resonate the world over, and is in no ways the gold standard for how a story should be told. Personally – I found the original Akira a bit drawn out and disengaging.

  23. Interesting… this sounds more sympathetic and less cookie cutter action movie than the sheer nonsense I’ve heard before, and it’s even drawing in plot points from the manga that got cut for time from the original animation.

    But, all the same…

    > still set in neo-manhattan
    > japanese names for WASP actors
    > inexplicable name change of the main female protagonist…
    > …but the movie keeps the exact same name?
    > kaneda and tetsuo are now BROTHERS rather than sort-of-friends, sometime rivals in a bike gang

    *cocks shotgun, levels at studio* oooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh no you don’t.

  24. sorry, wait, typo’d that

    > kaneda and tetsuo are now BROTHERS, WORKING IN A BAR rather than [...]

    I mean, really definitely for-serious?

    This is like remaking Spirited Away but turning the lead character into a spunky, plucky, blonde 16-year old with a plunging neckline. Or GWTDT and making Lisbeth into either a stereotypical hacker *guy* or some hello kitty-obsessed highschooler fighting the man because of how people got pepper sprayed at the Occupy protests.

    I know you can’t always have things translate or survive 100% unchanged into a remake or adaption, you do have to modernise, switch things up a bit, and if it’s a literary/theatre/comic book adaption you’ll have to combine characters, cut for time and maybe tone things down a touch. But when you start farting about with the fundamental natures and backgrounds of the lead protagonists, altering who they actually are and why… you’re not actually making something based on the same property any more.

    Heavens, even though Kick Ass had to make some concessions so that it could actually be made without the studios being burnt down (adding a couple years onto the age of both KA & HG), they kept it to a minimum (people still get viciously hurt, tortured, and die; HG is still merciless and profane; KA still actually makes everything far worse than it already was). In fact, scratch that: having recently been on an 80s-cartoon bender, both Sherlock Hound and Dogtanian are at least as, if not far more faithful to the source material and its core protagonists than this… and they were made for six-year-olds. :-/