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Gemnist



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:00 am Reply with quote
So they’re going the Americanization route...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:15 am Reply with quote
The live action Alita worked as well as it did because it was James Cameron's passion project and he wanted more people to love the original manga. The live action Akira can only succeed if DiCaprio has that same level of passion for Akira but I'll try to keep an open mind to it.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:20 am Reply with quote
Alita also worked because the manga is fairly neutral or already westernized to begin with. AKIRA is the most Japanese bowl cut black hair anime ever. It's about Japanese kids in Japan speaking Japanese and talking about Japanese issues that aren't relevant to places not named Japan. For all the BS talk about this anime or that begin a reference to WWII when they're really not, AKIRA actually is the one does that.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:33 am Reply with quote
So are they gonna do to California what they did in Big Hero 6? Because I am not entirely adverse to that. I'm concerned for the story itself, but I would still love to see a live-action interpretation of San Fransokyo.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:34 am Reply with quote
Can't wait for the title reveal. They'll probably call it ANTHONY.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:32 pm Reply with quote
Romuska wrote:
Can't wait for the title reveal. They'll probably call it ANTHONY.


With main characters Kyle and Theodore
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Punch Drunk Marc wrote:
Romuska wrote:
Can't wait for the title reveal. They'll probably call it ANTHONY.


With main characters Kyle and Theodore


As they ride on their Harley Davidsons!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:50 pm Reply with quote
Assuming that tax credit is the budget for the film or even higher than the film budget, I do wonder wonder how much will be needed for the WB and the producers to make a profit! Even if it made $150 million at the U.S. box office, there is this thing called Hollywood Accounting.
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ChrissyC



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Taika Waititi said if he directs the film he will cast Asian teenagers for the role which California has a lot of.
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EricJ2



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:09 pm Reply with quote
ChrissyC wrote:
Taika Waititi said if he directs the film he will cast Asian teenagers for the role which California has a lot of.


Although I was a lot more excited for a Taika Waititi film BEFORE "Thor: Raganarok" came out. Confused
Now I'm worried it's going to be just as danged goofy.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:19 pm Reply with quote
I'm kind of over it at this point. If it DOES happen, I won't be nearly as excited as I was 10 years ago, and I'll wait until it pops up on a streaming platform before I will go see it in the theater. If it DOESN'T happen--again I might add--my emotional investment is really low at this point.
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CastMember1991



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:27 pm Reply with quote
I really think this is gonna be a box-office flop. I appreciate Leonardo DiCaprio's Akira fandom and all, but it's just very difficult to successfully make a good live-action adaptation of an anime no matter how hard he tries. It's like Charlie Brown trying to kick a football from Lucy.
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walw6pK4Alo



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:21 pm Reply with quote
Usagi-kun wrote:
I'm kind of over it at this point. If it DOES happen, I won't be nearly as excited as I was 10 years ago, and I'll wait until it pops up on a streaming platform before I will go see it in the theater. If it DOESN'T happen--again I might add--my emotional investment is really low at this point.

And if it does happen, it won't be better than Alita. Don't underestimate a 20 year passion project that also cost $170m.
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AmpersandsUnited



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:28 pm Reply with quote
ChrissyC wrote:
Taika Waititi said if he directs the film he will cast Asian teenagers for the role which California has a lot of.


Waititi cast Tessa Thompson as Brynhildr for Thor Ragnarok, which isn't exactly an accurate casting choice. I wouldn't put too much stock into his comments on Akira.
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BadNewsBlues



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:38 pm Reply with quote
AmpersandsUnited wrote:


Waititi cast Tessa Thompson as Brynhildr for Thor Ragnarok, which isn't exactly an accurate casting choice.


Because Valkyrie in the comics is white?

Which no one really cared about?

CastMember1991 wrote:
I really think this is gonna be a box-office flop. I appreciate Leonardo DiCaprio's Akira fandom and all, but it's just very difficult to successfully make a good live-action adaptation of an anime no matter how hard he tries. It's like Charlie Brown trying to kick a football from Lucy.


And yet Alita happened, it's possible to make a good adaptation of something it's just rare.
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