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“Thor 4”: Taika Waititi to Write and Direct Sequel, “Akira” Delayed Again

"Thor 4": Taika Waititi Set to Write, Direct Sequel; "Akira" Delayed Again

Taika Waititi has signed a deal to write and direct Thor 4, the sequel to his megahit Thor: Ragnarok, with Chris Hemsworth expected to return… though he probably won't be playing "Lewbowski Thor" with the beer gut. This means Waititi's remake of Akira for Warner Brothers is on hiatus. That remake, which nobody is excited about, […]

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"Akira" Manga Creator Announces New Projects

Anime Expo is currently underway at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and one of the Thursday panels spotlighted the legendary career of Katsuhiro Otomo. Major anime buffs may not be familiar with the name, but Otomo is responsible for the manga series that inspired an anime movie that revolutionized the industry. That manga (and movie) […]

Katsuhiro Otomo Wins Grand Prix And Presidency For Angoulême 2016

Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo has won the Grand Prix for Angoulême, recognising a comic book creator's contribution to the artform. His acceptance speech is below. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRu112Arjwo[/youtube] Otomo won with 38% of the vote, against Alan Moore and Hermann. A special prize has also been given to the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Hermann Declines Angoulême Grand Prix – Is It A Lock For Otomo? (UPDATE)

Yesterday, it was announced that the three finalists for the Angoulême Grand Prix award, which celebrates a comic book creator's lifetime contributing to the form, were Alan Moore, Katsuhiro Otomo and Hermann. Moore had previously declined the nomination. And yesterday, Hermann also declined the nomination. If Moore continues to reject this year's call, then it […]

Alan Moore, Katsuhiro Otomo and Hermann Are Angoulême Grand Prix Finalists

Last year, the Angoulême Festival chose three finalists to win their Grand Prix Award for the show, and become their president at the festival for the next year. Alan Moore, Katsuhiro Otomo and Bill Watterson. Moore won but declined to be so honoured, and Watterson was duly voted in. Well, the judges have picked their top three […]

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Stan Lee Nominated For 2016 Angoulême Festival President

The list for the Angoulême Grand Prix has been published. Voted on by the Academy, the winner of the most prestigious ward in comic books is names the President of the next festival. This year it was won by Bill Watterson, after Alan Moore declined the honour. Nevertheless, he is nominated again, as well as for the first […]

Boycott Threatens To Disrupt Angoulême Grand Prix

The Grand Prix at Angoulême is the highest acclaim any comic book creator can receive in comics. Voted on by the Grand Prix Academy made up of acclaimed French comic book creators, the winner will become a member of the Academy and the president of next year's Angoulême festival. Presented to authors whose work is […]

Yet Another Director Attached To Akira

The most recent directors to try and mount a live action version of Akira were Ruairi Robinson, who would have been making his feature debut, and Albert Hughes who already had several well-liked, and yet more well-known pictures under his belt. Neither of those could get this thing before cameras. It seems they may have […]

Albert Hughes Ditches Akira, David O. Russell Ditches Uncharted

Both the live-action incarnation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira and big screen Uncharted movie have hit speed bumps at full force, spilling their directors in the process. It seems like Albert Hughes has been off of Akira for some time. Deadline reported "it is an amicable creative differences parting of the ways" but it was up to […]

Akira's Kaneda To Be… Keanu Reeves? That Wouldn't Be Popular

Michael Fassbender, James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Robert Pattinson have left the building. It looks like negotiations are going well between Team Keanu Reeves and the producers of the new, Americanised Akira movie from director Albert Hughes. If the romance continues, he may well be coming onboard the project to play Kaneda. Though obviously not […]

Warner Bros' Shortlist For Akira Leads Is (I'm Sorry) Another Shortlist Story

If you didn't read them, then I wouldn't write them, but here's another story that, basically, lists a series of actors who have been sent scripts – or at least who have agents that have been sent scripts. This time out, the script in question is Steve Kloves' new attempt to adapt Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira. According […]

More Akira Casting – Morgan Freeman For The Colonel

In Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira, a government research project involving children with extra sensory perception results in tragedy, disaster and widespread chaos. The character in charge of this project is a military Colonel who, for a long stretch of the narrative, seems to be quite the heartless bastard. Ultimately, though, he's revealed to be a man […]

Zac Efron Offered Lead Role In Akira Movie?

Poor Zac Efron – he's not very popular in the film blogosphere. For what it's worth, I think he's actually quite a charismatic little fella, and he certainly won't put me off. But then, you see, I'm not as terrified as musicals and singing and dancing as a lot of people crawling around film news […]