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 and opinion sites.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Efron has been offered the “lead role” in the proposed live-action adaptation of Kutsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. Which lead role, they aren’t so sure of – will it be Shotaro Kaneda the biker-gang leader or Tetsuo Shima, the victim of a government experiment that leaves him… somewhat transformed.
I’m sure they’re right to assume that Kaneda and Shima will see their names changed for the film, which is reportedly being transposed from Neo Tokyo to a futuristic New York.
The film’s screenplay is being written by
Gary Whitta Albert Torres and Albert Hughes will direct. The studio have already revealed that the aim is to produce a PG-13 film which, in this case, will likely mean the source material is somewhat curtailed.
Cripes. Seems that this project is doomed to fanboy derision. Ach – who cares?