It should come as no surprise to any of you that the live-action adaptation of Akira was going to have some changes to what we already now about the story. The $90 million dollars budgeted film is being directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan). I have no idea if he will be able to pull this movie off, but he's going to try, and we have some information on some of the changes that have been made to the story. The following information comes from a casting call sheet.
Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel.
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.
Most of that seems to make sense, the only thing that seems to stray from what most of us know is that Kaneda is a bar owner in this story. This kind of worries me because it makes me wonder if they cut out the whole biker gang aspect of the story. The Kaneda I know whould never run a bar, but maybe he does both? I guess we'll eventually find out. It was also confirmed by Acting Auditions that the actors currently locked in the film are Garret Hedlund as Kaneda, Kristen Stewart as Ky, Helena Bonham Carter as Lady Miyako, and Ken Watanabe as The Colonel.
What do you all think about the description given above?