According to USA Today, Steven Spielberg will be bringing us a 3D Ghost in the Shell, M. Night Shyamalan will be working on his own adaptation of The Last Airbender, an anime-inspired Nickelodeon series, and Leonardo DiCaprio hopes to produce two films based on the all glorious, forever inspiring, Akira.
I am the most hopeful about DiCaprio’s Akira, as it is one of my favorite anime movies of all time. (It used to terrify me when I first saw it, but I finally got over that.) For those who don’t know, the manga was set in Neo-Tokyo, a city rebuilt after being destroyed in a mysterious explosion. Anime News Network states that the first live-action film is scheduled for release in the summer of 2009. Why the story’s setting is being moved to a “New Manhattan” remains to be seen. Personally, I think that defeats the purpose of bringing a true anime to life. Why not stick to the culture, and really embody Tokyo’s madness for manga and the art of anime? Hopefully I will be able to overlook the setting detail. However, if Leonardo is hoping to act in the movies as would be true to the rumors…then I suppose I will not be getting the realistic interpretation that I would prefer.