A Little Bit On The Live Action “Akira” Plot Details Side: A recent casting call for the live-action Akira sheds some light on the plot. Check it out below to see some of the tweaks.
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.
Surprisingly, this doesn’t seem like an 1/3 of the amount butchering the source material (Aside from the whole Neo-Manhattan thing. Ugh!) that we’ve come to expect. And remember, the anime was pretty different from the manga, sooooo…
(via Bleeding Cool)