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'Akira' Lives With New Writer On Board Live Action Reboot

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 22, 2014 9:39 AM
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By the time the Tom Cruise-starring “Edge of Tomorrow” will likely clear the $100 million domestic box office threshold, it will have been in theaters for two months. Yet despite the underperformance stateside, the film is doing very well overseas with grosses adding up to $261 million. The international box office—which is responsible for nearly 3/4 of the film’s worldwide haul—may explain why Warner Bros. is looking at one of the writers of the Doug Liman-helmed film to take a crack at another beloved Japanese property.

Remember That 'Akira' Remake? Well, It's Back On With Jaume Collet-Serra Returning To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 10:35 PM
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Cue fanboy panic! While devoted anime heads likely breathed a sign of relief when Warner Bros. kiboshed plans for a live action remake of "Akira" in early 2012, the project never really disappeared. Within days of that announcement, word circulated that they were looking at a new screenwriter and it looks like whatever reservations they had last time out have disappeared, as they are bringing the gang back together for another crack at the project.

Paul Dano Confirms He Tested For ‘Akira,’ Says Someone Like Rian Johnson Should Direct

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 20, 2012 4:24 PM
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One of the busier actors in show business has to be twenty-eight year-old Paul Dano. Having turned heads in the moody indie “L.I.E.” when he was only sixteen years old, it was only years later before he was able to stand toe-to-toe with Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood,” cementing his status as a fresh face that wasn’t going anywhere. His latest role is in “For Ellen,” where he plays a rock musician struggling to regain custody of his daughter. However, one look at what’s happened to the others films he’s been linked to in recent months casts a clearer picture of just how in demand he has been, and how opportunities can sometimes fall by the wayside for a variety of reasons.

'Akira' Contender Toby Kebbell Critical Of Proposed Remake, Says Tetsuo & Kaneda Would Have Been Brothers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2012 9:25 AM
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Make no mistake, there were more than a few concerned fans when last year Warner Bros. tried to put the pieces in place for their long-developing remake of the cult classic "Akira." The project went through two directors in one year (Albert Hughes and Jaume Collet-Serra) before being shut down this past January. From casting that rounded up a bunch of young, familiar and white faces to the setting, which was dropped into New Manhattan, to the concept of splitting the story into two movies, almost every idea being tossed around was met with harsh scrutiny. Even from actors trying out for the gig.

Paul Dano Explains His Process For 'Being Flynn,' Working With Robert De Niro & More

  • By John Lichman
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  • March 1, 2012 10:59 AM
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Paul Dano certainly has been lacking in talented on screen sparring partners, and over the years he's impressively shared screen time with Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood"), Steve Carell ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Tom Cruise ("Knight And Day") and Harrison Ford ("Cowboys And Aliens") but in "Being Flynn," he works with the most celebrated actor of them all: Robert De Niro. In the adaptation of the memoir "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City," Dano plays his son, long estranged from his father, who crosses paths with him at the homeless shelter where he works, forcing the pair to face their past.

Paul Dano Says Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' Aiming For Summer Shoot; Says 'He Loves Me' Will Arrive Later This Year

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 1:53 PM
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While other young actors might be chasing the next hot project, few of Paul Dano's colleagues boast the kind of resume he has already assembled thus far into his career. Earning early notice thanks to turns in "L.I.E." and "The Girl Next Door," he broke out with the comedy smash "Little Miss Sunshine" and has since worked with folks like Paul Thomas Anderson ("There Will Be Blood"), Spike Jonze ("Where The Wild Things Are"), Ang Lee ("Taking Woodstock"), James Mangold ("Knight & Day") and Jon Favreau ("Cowboys & Aliens"). Not bad. And in 2012, he's already showing off a diverse slate from the indie "For Ellen" (that recently premiered at Sundance) to Rian Johnson's forthcoming sci-fi trip "Looper." And next month, he spars with Robert De Niro in "Being Flynn." We recently caught up with the actor and discussed some of things he's working on year.

WB Eyeing 'The Dark Knight Rises' Scribe Jonah Nolan & 'Green Lantern' Writer Michael Green To Rewrite 'Akira'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 9, 2012 9:01 AM
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It was mere days ago when Warner Bros. shut down the production offices on "Akira," citing a need to retool the entire project. The order was for a "high-end" re-write, and the WB is looking no further than their superhero stable. While no one has yet received the offer to re-do the work of Steve Kloves and David James Kelly, Variety suggests the two most likely candidates are Jonah Nolan and Michael Green.

Dane DeHann & Michael Pitt Were Finalists To Play Tetsuo In 'Akira'; '300: Battle Of Artemisia' Also Under Scrutiny At WB

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 6, 2012 9:22 AM
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It’s looking more and more dire for the creatively bankrupt producers behind Warner Bros.’ big-budget American version of “Akira.” Yesterday brought word that the studio was shutting down production offices, and now Deadline reports that this orphans two actors who were competing to play the important role of Tetsuo.

Warner Bros. Shuts Down 'Akira' Production Office, Future Of The Remake Now In Doubt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 3:12 PM
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One of the most talked about (and controversial) developing projects of 2011 was Warner Bros. remake of the anime cult classic "Akira." The movie spent much of the year trying to find a cast, with a plethora of names -- Kristen Stewart, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Toby Kebbell, Ezra Miller, D.J. Cotrona, Logan Marshall-Green, Rami Malek, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy -- being tossed around for various parts, to join the film's only confirmed actor, Garrett Hedlund. But it seems the inability to find a cast, as well as issues over the budget, may be the nail in the coffin for the film.

2011: The Year The Big Projects Died & Studios Discovered (A Little) Fiscal Responsibility

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 28, 2011 12:39 PM
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The giant financial crisis that began in 2008 is probably the single event that's had the most wide-reaching ramifications since 9/11, but, as ever, it's taken a few years for the film industry to reflect that, bar the occasional handy coincidence, like "Up in the Air." For the most part, 2011 was the year in which cinematic storytellers began to deal with the mess, from surprise hit "Margin Call" and HBO drama "Too Big To Fail" to the barely-able-to-make-rent lead in "Bridesmaids" and New Depression-era setting of "Real Steel." Even "Tower Heist," dealt with financial inequity and films like "Warrior" dealt with character struggling to make due.

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