Warner Bros. Removes the Live-Action Akira Film From Its Release Schedule

Entertainment news website Deadline has reported that Warner Bros. has moved its planned live-action Akira film off its release schedule.

Entertainment news website Variety reported in July 2019 that Warner Bros. has delayed the film indefinitely. The film was previously slated to begin production in Fall 2019, and its release was scheduled for May 21, 2021.

Taika Waititi, who was slated to direct the film, explained in October 2019 that the filming schedule for Akira kept getting pushed back due to the staff “working really hard on the script,” until production began to overlap with Waititi directing Marvel’s Thor 4 film. He added, “Now we’ve had to take Akira and shift it around to the tail end of Thor and move it down a couple of years.” Waititi ended the discussion by stating, “we’re still gonna make it.”

Source: ANN

Secret Movie Club Hosts Akira Screening, Kicking Off Their Anime Buffet Programming

On Saturday November 30, 2019, the Los Angeles-based Secret Movie Club is screening Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal anime AKIRA. This just-announced pop up screening of AKIRA kicks off Secret Movie Club’s Anime Buffet Programming, which runs from January-April 2020 and is scheduled to include such films as Ghost in the Shell, Perfect Blue, Paprika, Millennium Actress, Metropolis (2001), The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Vampire Hunter D, Grave of the Fireflies, and Tokyo Godfathers.

“We can’t do an overview of Japanese anime without screening AKIRA,” said Secret Movie Club founder Craig Hammill. “Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo in 1988 based on his own manga, AKIRA has basically influenced all international pop-culture that has come after it. You might notice traces of its DNA in creative works as disparate as Rian Johnson’s time-travel movie Looper, the video game Final Fantasy 7, The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop, Tetsuo, and Ready Player One, just to name a few.”

AKIRA will be shown Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM at the Vista Theater in Los Feliz, the historic single screen theater built in 1922. The Secret Movie Club screening will present the restoration DCP in Japanese with English subtitles. This pop up screening will be a unique opportunity to see the film on the big screen; AKIRA will be indefinitely removed from rep theater circulation on December 1, 2019.

Tickets can be purchased here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screening-of-anime-classic-Akira-1988-tickets-83570119477

“Like another famous sci-fi landmark movie of the 1980’s, AKIRA takes place in a future dystopia 2019,” said Hammill. “AKIRA set the template for almost every cyberpunk story that came after it: a dystopian metropolis, shadowy government secret police, underground resistance fighters, an oppressive central government.”

Attendees can purchase limited edition SECRET MOVIE CLUB posters for every screening at all events, which feature new art by contemporary illustrators. Each film is preceded by a brief talk from Secret Movie Club founder Craig Hammill and a trivia question for the audience.

Secret Movie Club is a group project among the founders and the audience. Audience suggestions are taken and often used. Secret Movie Club aims to celebrate the wonderful experience that comes from watching the world’s greatest movies in great movie theaters with great audiences.

Taika Waititi Comments Briefly on the Status of the Live-Action Akira Film

Taika Waititi commented on the status of the live-action Akira film with video game website IGN.

Waititi explained that the filming schedule for Akira kept getting pushed back due to the staff “working really hard on the script,” until production began to overlap with Waititi directing Marvel’s Thor 4 film. He added, “Now we’ve had to take Akira and shift it around to the tail end of Thor and move it down a couple of years.” Waititi ended the discussion by stating, “we’re still gonna make it.”

Entertainment news website Variety reported in July 2019 that Warner Bros. has delayed the film indefinitely. The film was previously scheduled to begin production in Fall 2019, and its release was scheduled for May 21, 2021.

Source: ANN

Live-Action Akira Film Delayed Indefinitely

Entertainment news website Variety has reported that Warner Bros. has delayed its live-action Akira film indefinitely. The film was previously scheduled to begin production in Fall 2019, and its release was scheduled for May 21, 2021.

Taika Waititi was reportedly in the process of choosing the two lead roles from among Japanese actors, and the studio originally delayed the project to allow him time for the that process. However, the website noted that there may be “more creative disagreements over the project.”

Entertainment new website The Hollywood Reporter has also reported that Waititi is directing Marvel’s Thor 4 film. The production schedules for the projects are reportedly beginning to overlap. The website stated that script concerns caused a delay in the start of filming for Akira. The website’s sources are saying that while some of those concerns have been addressed, the production dates became “too close for comfort.” Sources also stated that Warner Bros. hopes to keep Waititi as director and see him continue the project after Thor 4.

Source: ANN

Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira Gets New Anime Project and 4K Remaster of 1988 Anime Film

Manga creator and anime director Katsuhiro Otomo announced at his Anime Expo panel that a new anime project of his Akira manga is in the works. While the staff is still developing the project, Sunrise president and CEO Makoto Asanuma said that they want to incorporate the entirety of the manga’s story.

The earlier 1988 anime film will also receive a 4K remaster in Japan in Spring 2020. The 4K remaster will also receive a release in the United States.

Source: ANN

Live-Action Akira Film to Shoot in California and Receive a US$18.5 Million Tax Credit

The California Film Commission has announced that Warner Bros.’ live-action Akira film will shoot entirely in California and receive a tax credit of US$18.5 million. The project must begin production within 180 days to receive the tax credit.

The project is scheduled to shoot on 71 days of filming in California. The film will generate an estimated US$92 million in qualified spending, including US$43 million in wages to 200 below-the-line crew members and more than 5,000 extras.

Director Taika Waititi confirmed in an interview in April 2018 that he was still working on the project. Waititi has not confirmed whether or not he is the director on the project. He also confirmed at that time that he planned to adapt the original manga as opposed to the anime film adaptation.

Deadline described the project’s story in 2017 as taking place “in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment.” Deadline also described the project as spanning two films, with each film tackling three volumes Katsuhiro Otomo’s original manga. Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar is producing the film alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson’s Appian Way Productions.

Source: ANN

Manga Nominated for Eisner Awards

The 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards panel of judges has announced its nominees for the best works in the comic book industry.

Nominees include:

Manga artist Jiro Taniguchi received a nomination for Best Writer/Artist for Furari and Louis Vuitton Travel Guide: Venice, both published by Fanfare / Ponent Mon. Taniguchi, who passed away in 2017, is also known for The Times of Botchan, Kodoku no Gourmet, The Summit of the Gods, and A Distant Neighborhood, among other titles.

Dark Horse Comics’ release of Gou Tanabe’s H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories, translated by Zack Davisson, received a nomination in the Best Adaptation from Another Medium category along with three other titles.

Kodansha Comics’ 35th anniversary edition of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira received nominations in the Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books and Best Publication Design categories. Haruko Hashimoto, Ajani Oloye, and Lauren Scanlan edited the complete hardcover box set, and Phil Balsman, Akira Saito (Veia), Norma Editorial, and MASH•ROOM provided designs.

Five manga titles are vying for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award:

  • Furari by Jiro Taniguchi
  • Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda
  • My Brother’s Husband Volume 1 by Gengoroh Tagame
  • Otherworld Barbara by Moto Hagio
  • Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories by Junji Ito

Voting is open to all comic book industry professionals until June 15, 2018. The results in all categories will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 20, 2018 at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Source: ANN