You probably remember that a little over a year ago, the news hit that Leonardo DiCaprio would be producing a live action version of the beloved anime, Akira, and as to be expected, fans were peeved. Within minutes, comment boards (including ours) were jammed with cries of white-washing, racism, and general predictions of overall crappiness. But, if you happen to have been one of those fans crying for blood; I've got some good news for you. Bloody Disgusting now reports that the live-action Akira has been pronounced "Dead as a doornail" by not one, but two inside sources -- I guess we should have seen this coming when the film was promised to be released in 2009, and there wasn't a signed cast member in sight.

For those not familiar with Akira, it was the story of a teen biker gang member who is subjected to government experiments and unleashes destruction on a post-nuclear Tokyo. Ruairi Robinson had originally been slated to direct a script by Gary Whitta (Book of Eli), but DiCaprio had promised that they wouldn't be moving ahead with Akira until they had a quality script, so maybe Whitta could have been the source of the delay. Either way, I guess we can all breathe a sigh of relief that Tetsuo and the gang are safe from the monster known as 'reboot fever' least for now, anyway.

After the jump; status reports on other classic anime in line for a Hollywood makeover... Cowboy Bebop:
Fox seems to keen to get this one into production sooner rather than later, and they have already secured Keanu Reeves as their lead. So other than the obvious joke that this movie was already made once before (Serenity, anyone?), fans of Bebop will probably just have to start getting used to the idea of Reeves as Spike, because Fox's projected 2010 release date is a likely possibility.

Ninja Scroll:
When it comes to the anime that most of us have seen, Ninja Scroll is usually at the top of the list. Scroll is still considered one of the best anime films of all time, and was also bought up by Leonardo DiCaprio last year. So I guess we can say what we want about DiCaprio's need for remakes, but we certainly can't fault his taste, but there hasn't been much to report since Alex Tse (Watchmen) was hired to write the script back in 2008.

It's been almost a year since we last heard a peep from the robot anime, and frankly, it's not looking good. There were reports that the film was going into turnaround with Fox's Relativity Media, and in spite of reports that Max Makowski had been hired to direct, I doubt we will be seeing Voltron on the big screen any time soon.

I guess Voltron isn't the only giant robot movie that seems to be having trouble getting off the ground; Robotech has has already gone through one writer, and now the Spiderman boys are taking a crack at it.

Ghost in The Shell:
The idea of a live action GiTS has been floating around Hollywood for a long time, but now that Spielberg has caught the 3D bug and has gotten involved, the project will probably start making some ground (although even Spielberg is having trouble getting money these days). Just as long as they don't hire some fan-boy flavor of the month as my beloved Major; I think I can deal.
categories Movies, Cinematical