This is why Japan doesn't like western adaptations of their works.
Live-Action Akira Director Says Original Characters Are Boring
ComingSoon.net published an exclusive interview with stalled Akira live-action film director Jaume Collet-Serra on Monday. In the interview, Collet-Serra gave his opinion on Katsuhiro Otomo's original work, and it wasn't exactly stellar. We posted part of the interview on January 10, but it turns out Collet-Serra had more thoughts on the project than just its production schedule.
ComingSoon: It's one of those strange stories where you literally never see the main character [Akira] that is the namesake of the film!
Collet-Serra: Nobody's interesting. Tetsuo's interesting because weird shit happens to him, and Kaneda is so two-dimensional. That's part of the Japanese culture, they never have strong characters. They're used as a way to move the other philosophy forward.
When asked what Collet-Serra would like to bring to the live-action adaptation, he said, "I hope that I can bring strong characters. In the original source material, I don't think the main characters are the protagonists. What I'm hoping is to bring characters."
He also hopes to expand the film into a full trilogy.
>hollywood doing a shitty adaptation
>restricted to japanese crossovers
your weeaboo is showing
He's right. Akira is gorgeously animated, but boring as hell. Everyone suffers from sameface and there is barely any character to the characters.
I haven't read the manga though. Maybe it's better there.
>That's part of the Japanese culture, they never have strong characters.
This is complete bs however.
I bet he thinks strong characters are your generic SEAL bald soldier in charge of saving the world and rescue his woman.
>the director of the House of Wax remake
sounds really credible. Why can't they find directors that at least like the source material?
>I haven't read the manga though. Maybe it's better there.
Yes it is.
>You never see Akira in the story
>basing it off the movie
>making an adaptation of an adaptation
What the actual fuck?
I liked the Akira from VVV better
Adaptation of an adaptation?
No fucking thankyou
Purity is overrated. If an adaption is good it is good.
we could have gotten this instead of the crappy live action movie...from Japan
So far, other than maybe Cromartie and Kenshin, even Japan can't their own works justice. At least America has a bigger budget to make it somewhat average.
>In the original source material, I don't think the main characters are the protagonists
There's so much dumb in this statement I don't know where to begin.
That guy is a complete idiot. Tetsuo, Kaneda, the Colonel, the scientist, Kai, the government officials all have clear and distinct characteristics. Yeah none of them are Capt Jack Sparrow but that's a good thing.
Except, it's not going to be good and he's going to trash the entire point of Akira.
Tetsuo has an inferiority complex and Kaneda is pretty much the influence.
Why is some dickhead who hasn't read the manga directing the film?
Save for the live action film Akira have been in development hell for years and Warner has "shut down" production for the fourth time.
Plus, why should I give a shit about some shitty director who directed:
House of Wax
Goal II: Living the Dream
Run All Night
Safe to Akira is not taking flight any time in the near future. Nor ever will.