Akira synopsis leaked online?

Is this the plot for Warner's upcoming remake?

A supposed synopsis of the Akira remake has arrived online, outlining what we might be able to expect from events in Neo-Manhattan.

The synopsis was posted on the Acting Auditions site, alongside “confirmed” cast members Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter. Now as far as we were aware, casting on the project has yet to be nailed down, which casts a certain amount of doubt on the legitimacy of the synopsis. However, it still makes for pretty interesting reading…

“Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel,” begins the breakdown.

“Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join with Ky Reed and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City thirty years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous but after finding his brother again, is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers.”

“Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy, Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo’s mind. Kaneda clashes with The Colonel’s troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races in to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan Island, as he did thirty years ago.”

So there you have it. It certainly hangs together well enough to be the official plot, and more or less follows the plot of the original Akira. However, the decision to make Kaneda a bar-owner rather than a biker seems somewhat needless, as does the change that makes he and Tetsuo brothers, rather than friends. Let the fanboy ranting begin!

What do you make of the synopsis? Does it sound credible? And more importantly, would you watch it?


    • badger86

      Dec 1st 2011, 13:39

      As does changing neo-tokyo to neo-manhatten

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    • FBRSimpson

      Dec 1st 2011, 14:42

      Why call the characters Tetsuo and Kenada if it is based in 'neo-Manhattan'. If you relocate it and use american actors, using such character monikers doesn't really fit in with the re-imagined universe. I don't think it should be remade, still if it is going ahead they should at least do it properly and with the respect the source material deserves.

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    • ferrns

      Dec 1st 2011, 15:11

      Kaneda's character needs to be rebellious. A lot of the storytelling revolved around his personality and how irresponsible and egotistical he was. Owning a bar, removes this persona completely. I don't like the idea of responsible, well behaved Kaneda.

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    • Brooksy86

      Dec 1st 2011, 15:24

      f**k everything about this

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    • Trickycustomer

      Dec 1st 2011, 15:50


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    • thedaytripper89

      Dec 1st 2011, 15:52

      I agree with Brooksy86. Everything about this is going to be terrible, and not just because Krysten Stewart (might) be in it. One of the main themes of the original Akira (the manga) was being Japanese in post-WWII Japan, and the struggle that they had to endure to rebuild, and the solidarity they found as a nation in recovering from the struggle. How can America even relate to that? Its almost a slap in the face to try and take this movie and remake it so its more appealing to American Audiences. It'd be like taking a foreign national anthem and making it ours by taking out the country's name, replacing it with America, and then singing it in English. Not to mention that another major theme was the passing of adolescence into adult hood. Every one of these actors is well past that point. So yeah, f**k everything about this.

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Dec 1st 2011, 16:24

      And the fanboys did rant. Bet you £10 all the character names get westerised before long. Lets see... Tetsuo will become Terry and Kaneda will become Colin, sorry c 'oh' lin.

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 1st 2011, 17:50

      Imagine Donnie Darko being rebooted with Zac Efron... thats what we have to look forward to.

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    • writerdave87

      Dec 1st 2011, 21:48

      I'm still positive this is some elaborate practical joke. No remake could possibly get so many things so badly wrong... could it?

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    • alexr

      Dec 2nd 2011, 12:21

      @CrazyDalidabGuy There is also no such thing as Neo-Tokyo. Just pointing out...

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    • writerdave87

      Dec 2nd 2011, 16:47

      Bless him.

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    • gundamseed1

      Dec 2nd 2011, 17:37

      repeat till true. this film is not real, this film is not real, this film is not real, this film is not real, this film is not real, this film is not real, this film is not real, this film is not real, this film is not real, this film is not real

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    • writerdave87

      Dec 2nd 2011, 21:16

      Haha and his true colours shine through. How was alex supposed to know what you meant you stupid d******d? If you don't want to be misunderstood, get a basic understanding of the english language and write clearer! Let's be honest you saying something dumb isn't exactly rare, you average at least once a night. I'm not 'out to get you', but I also know you can't keep pretending to be anything other than the unpleasant self-centred little s**t you actually are. Behave yourself and remember you got banned for being a c**t. Throwing very visible hissy fits isn't exactly the smartest idea if you want to stick around.

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    • writerdave87

      Dec 2nd 2011, 23:45

      I'm with you on it sounding awful. I don't think they've made one single decision on this that sounds good.

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    • unclenoodles

      Dec 4th 2011, 0:36

      It's all good lads ive just read that Robocop has been cast as charismatic barman no2

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    • CheesesBryce

      Dec 6th 2011, 4:23

      Forget Akira !! I want a remake of Urotsukidoji, directed by Paul Verhoven with Daniel Radcliffe as Nagumo !

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