'Akira' Probably Has a New Director

July 15, 2011

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Warner Bros. lost potential Akira director Albert Hughes in May over creative differences, but the studio is not about to let that or common sense get in the way of their remaking this anime in the most grossly ill-conceived way possible. The studio is now in talks with Jaume Collet-Serra to take over the film, and have dropped the budget down to $90 million thanks to Collet-Serra's reputation, as Variety puts it, "for delivering pictures on time and on budget." Because when Warner Bros. is looking for a director, they look for the same things the common man looks for when he's really hungry and driving on the highway: something quick, cheap, and just functional enough to take care things. And "just functional enough" is basically Collet-Serra's specialty, his last two films, Orphan and Unknown, sitting right in that shrug-worthy mid-50s sweet spot on RottenTomatoes. However, those two films also made a combined $200 million worldwide on relatively meager budgets, so you can see why they're after him.

If Collet-Serra takes the job, it would presumably take him out of the running for directing that 300 prequel, and could maybe mercifully delay his remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle rouge. But, hey, let's not get ahead of ourselves. For now, just keep in mind that whomever makes this Akira adaptation, it will probably still have 30 and 40-something actors playing the parts intended for high school kids, so already it's a real boner.5. Worrying about it will only upset the children.

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