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It's the End of Neo-Tokyo As We Know It

By Brian Prisco | Industry | February 11, 2010 |

By Brian Prisco | Industry | February 11, 2010 |

Some of y’all follow anime. The extent of my knowledge contains everything they play on Saturday nights on Adult Swim after midnight. Filtered through a haze of hot wing indigestion, alcoholic haze, and the fade of sleep. So not too much.

But even I’ve seen Akira. And all I remember is the kid on the motorcycle making Cartman’s Trapper Keeper shoot out of his arm. But I know it’s sacrosanct among those otaku among you, so you know have a little faith. Because the live-action remake that has been on-again, off-again, on-again like Tom Cruise’s heterosexuality, is back on. And the Hughes Brothers are set to direct.

This should be pretty good news for you. They really did a bang-up fucking job with the dystopian society in The Book of Eli, and the action sequences were pretty balls to the wall. It was all the moralizing that got to me — but some of you felt differently and that’s just lovely. If memory serves me correctly — and it doesn’t, my brain keeps trying to replay traumatizing demon peen rape from Urotskidoji or however you spell it — Akira had a shit-ton of lull. So the Hughes Brothers seem to be making exactly that movie.

It’s set now to be two movies — to encompass the graphic novel — and maybe it’s still taking place in New Manhattan instead of New Tokyo. The old guy writing the script was actually the same dude who wrote Book of Eli, but now it’s Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus — the fellas who brought you Children of Men and Iron Man and the forthcoming Cowboys and Aliens. So if you have hope in those empty little souls of yours, you might want to cling to it.

Until Keanu does Cowboy Bebop.

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