After the disappointing remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we're a little soured on American remakes of foreign films. Oh sure, we'll get the occasional Magnificent Seven or The Departed, but a project like Universal's Akira seems extra dicey. It's a classic manga, a classic anime film, and the American adaptation seemed full of strange choices. It's a gamble, and now it may never pay off. Warner Bros. has shut down production on the potential blockbuster. For now.
What's the problem? Hollywood Reporter has two inside tracks with two different stories.On one hand, the script is allegedly not ready yet. (Never stopped Hollywood before! Rimshot.) On the other, there's the increasing concerns of the film's budget, already reportedly halved since Albert Hughes left the project. Director Jaume Collet-Sera was expected to make the sci-fi spectacular for a paltry $90 million, but Warner Bros. allegedly wants to bring that total down to about $60-70 million.
Here's some context: Jack and Jill, a film starring Adam Sandler in drag, cost $79 million. That's a farce in and of itself, but watch the trailer for the original Akira and the one for Jack and Jill and ask yourself how Collet-Sera was supposed to make it, in live-action, for less than that.
Variety reports that the production isn't scuttled completely, and that they're looking to The Dark Knight writer Jonah Nolan and Green Lantern writer Michael Green, individually, to rework the script.
CraveOnline will be back with more Akira news after we track down one of those sexy pill jackets.