Just recently it was reported that Keanu Reeves, star of the Matrix trilogy, was interested in playing the role of Kaneda in the Warner Brothers live-action remake of Akira, the classic Japanese animated film based on the 6-part manga of the same name.
At the time nothing was official but it was said that the two parties were having discussions about the possibility. Of course the fan reaction to this news was just as brutal as you’d expect it to be, and almost everyone lashed out not only at the very mention of the 46-year-old Reeves playing a teenage character in the movie, but the fact that they were even still considering making a movie in the first place.
Well, as it often turns out, nothing has come of these rumblings. JoBlo is reporting that Reeves’ representatives have contacted Warner Bros. to inform them that he will not be continuing to pursuit the role. It’s unclear whether this was due to some sort of scheduling conflict or simply because everyone saw how negative the response had been, but it’s a lot more likely to be the latter.
While this is indeed good news, the Akira project is still very alive and well despite the fact that a visual effects team hired to work on the movie has also been shut down.
Albert Hughes is still attached to direct, but at the moment, this movie hasn’t even been given the greenlight. All that’s going on right now is development and planning…meaning they are still continuing to search for actors to play Kaneda and Tetsuo as they figure out a budget that works for everyone.