We’ve talked recently on the Film Junk Podcast about anime; how for the most part we just find it confusing (or at least I do). Despite the potential for some mind-blowing visuals, my own lack of understanding has always prevented these movies from adding up to a satisfying or cohesive whole. There are however, a handful of anime flicks that I’ve enjoyed even despite their mysteries, Spirited Away is one of them, and another is Akira, the landmark 1988 movie based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga. There has been talk for years of an American live action adaptation of Akira, with the last director attached being Stephen Norrington (Blade, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) he decided to take an indefinite break from directing after the disaster that was LXG.
Now Bloody Disgusting has learned that Warner Brothers are trying to get the project moving again, with young Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson possibly being the next in line to direct. He is known as a visual effects guy, having only directed two short films (one of which was nominated for an Oscar), but he seems like a intriguing choice. This is another guy, like Neill Blomkamp, who could be a bit of a risk to direct his first feature film, but with a potentially huge pay off. Check out his short film The Silent City (starring Cillian Murphy) below and see what you think.