Only minor changes to the original film’s storyline . . .

A plot synopsis has surfaced on the Internet for the upcoming Akira live action remake.

See below:

“Kaneda 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 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.”

Except for the action moving to Neo-Manhattan instead of Neo-Tokyo in the original and Kaneda being a bar-owner instead of a bike gang leader not much has been changed really.



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  • Noblephantasm

    What do you mean not much has been changed really? Why move the location from Tokyo to NY to begin with? Anyone who’d be interested in seeing this knows the story already. Typical Hollywood BS. Might as well change the lead character’s names to Kenneth and Travis. This rewrite sounds like garbage. Please shelf this indefinitely until someone is willing to do it justice.

  • AgentOrange

    I reckon they’ve tried to walk the fine line between staying true to the original and ‘updating’ and ‘rebranding’ the film for the American ‘market’ (I use ”s for market because we’re talking about the market that isn’t in love with the original, the people that thought the video for Kanye West/Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, faster, Stronger, was groundbreaking). The problem with walking that line is most of the time you just dissappoint both camps.

    the people that love the original, like me, with fanatacism, are NEVER going to rate a Hollywood remake in the same league. Regardless of how accurately they stick to the original story it’s just never going to happen. Whereas the people that don’t really care for the original could potentially be won over either by a faithful retelling or a brutal bloody hatchet job.

    Personally I’m actually going to more interested in the stylistic differences, character motivations, cinematography etc. than I am in the story. Cyberpunk bikers and military experiment super-soldiers aren’t rare in anime, especially in the 1980′s. I’ve never watched Akira and thought “that film’s all about the story”,
    I’ve always watched it and thought “that film’s all about the style”.

    I think fans of the original should judge the remake based on that

  • Orpheus

    Awesome! Cant wait to see it. I will either love it or hate it. We will see.



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