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Akira Film's 4K Remaster Gets IMAX Screenings in U.S. on September 24

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Katsuhiro Ōtomo's anime screens with English subtitles

IMAX announced on Friday that the 4K remaster of the Akira anime film will screen in select theaters in the United States on September 24. The screening will have Japanese with English subtitles.

Both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas began listing a September 24 screening for the 4K remaster earlier this month.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly became the first anime film to screen in IMAX theaters in the U.S. in January 2019.

Funimation will release Akira on a limited-edition 4K Blu-ray Disc and DVD on December 22.

The 4K remaster opened in Japanese theaters on April 3 on 36 IMAX theaters. The film ranked at #9 when it opened. The anime was originally scheduled to debut at Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) 2020 event on March 14, but organizers cancelled the event due to COVID-19.

The remaster shipped on 4K Blu-ray Disc in Japan on April 24. At the time of the remaster's announcement, it was also planned for screenings in the United States.

Katsuhiro Ōtomo's original science-fiction action manga is set in Neo-Tokyo, a city rebuilt after being destroyed in a mysterious explosion. The manga ran in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine from 1982 to 1990. Otomo directed his own animated film adaptation that premiered on July 16, 1988 — the same day that the story has the fictional Tokyo being destroyed.

Manga creator and anime director Otomo announced at Anime Expo panel in July 2019 that a new anime project of his Akira manga is in the works. Sunrise president and CEO Makoto Asanuma said at the same panel that the staff wants to incorporate the entirety of the manga's story.

Warner Bros. announced a live-action film adaptation of the manga in 2008, with Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) directing the film. Entertainment news website Deadline reported last December that Warner Bros. moved its planned film off its release schedule. Entertainment news website Variety reported in July 2019 that Warner Bros. has delayed the film indefinitely. The film was previously slated to begin production in fall 2019, and its release was scheduled for May 21, 2021.

Sources: Press release, IMAX's website

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