So, there is a big Hollywood live-action remake of the Anime classic “Akira” on the horizon, and the powers that be have found a way to f*ck it up before the first frame is shot.
What am I pissing and moaning about this time? First of all, the story will take place in Neo-Manhattan as opposed to Neo-Tokyo. So we trade in the majestic hyper-technological backdrop of Neo-Tokyo for Times Square.
I suppose it is to be expected, though. It’s cheaper to film it in New York and it’s easier to for the absent-minded mainstream American audiences to relate to… At least there is a huge Asian population in Manhattan, so it won’t be hard to work the original characters into the story.
But according to Racebending.com, the front runners for the roles of Tetsuo and Kaneda are WHITE DUDES!!! And yes, they are using the original Japanese names.
Will our teen biker gang will pretty boys from the “f*ckin’ Bronx”, riding Harleys, feuding with Ruff Ryders from Harlem? What kind of bullsh*t Oliver Stone’s “Romeo and Juliet” kind of re-imagining is this story going to be!?
Watch this related funny ass video while I vomit some more.
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