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Posted: November 11th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Leonardo DiCaprio Not Acting in "Ninja Scroll" or "Akira"Submit Comment
Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way has been buying up rights to properties from the world of Japanese manga and anime, most notably "Akira" and "Ninja Scroll." Both projects are said to become live-action feature films and "Ninja Scroll" has been placed on the fast track. The movie has already been picked up by Warner Bros, Gary Whitta is writing the script, and rumors state that Joseph Gordon Levitt will play the role of Tetsuo.

"We're waiting for the final draft of the script [for 'Akira']," DiCaprio told MTV. "I'm a big fan of Japanese anime that and another project called 'Ninja Scroll' we're trying to get developed and made into a movie, and I know there a lot of loyal fans out there of the project and die-hard fans, so we're going to try to do the best job we possibly can and we're not going to make the movie until the script is in the right shape."

Unfortunately, DiCaprio will not star in any of the films. He instead will take on the producing duties.

Source: MTV News


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Schwasted writes:
on November 11th, 2008 at 3:34:53 PM

It wouldn't make sense for him to star in it unless of course it is an Americanized project set in a different place.
Black_Jack writes:
on November 11th, 2008 at 7:38:15 PM

A live-action Akira movie would kick ass.
Kenchuman writes:
on November 11th, 2008 at 8:50:53 PM

NO! This is a horrible idea! They are going to take something that was absolutely incredible and just completley ruin it! STOP WITH THE ANIME LIVE ACTION ADAPTATIONS!
ecubradock writes:
on November 12th, 2008 at 1:34:57 AM

I think a line must have been crossed with which movie was greenlighted. Akira's lead was Tetsuo while Ninja Scroll's lead was Jubei. And if I was to pick which one i'd rather see it would have to be Ninja Scroll though, much better story and characters.
thedotsays writes:
on November 12th, 2008 at 12:36:28 PM

Let them make all the live action animes they want. It doesn't take anything from the originals and would only serve to expose new fans to what so many already know are classics.
Kenchuman writes:
on November 13th, 2008 at 10:21:07 PM

Oh god, please don't let hollywood destroy classic anime films. PLEASE!!!!

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