Given past Western live-action big-screen anime adaptations…

by wfgodbold

I doubt that Akira will turn out so hot, even with the director of Unknown at the helm.

Dragonball Evolution was awful.

Cowboy Bebop, Voltron, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Battle Angel, and Full Metal Panic are all stuck in development hell.

The main problem is that Hollywood tends to take the trappings of the original IP, and then throw the essence out with the bathwater (you know, like what 2K Games is doing with X-COM). The fans are going to see it regardless of how much they grouse, so why not try to trick as many non-fans into showing up as possible?

If you don’t think a property is going to make money without completely destroying it and rebuilding it in a generic fashion, why not just make some other generic movie/game/whatever?

Why trick the fans and then sock them right in the balls?

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3 Comments to “Given past Western live-action big-screen anime adaptations…”

  1. As a general rule remakes suck. This has the EXACT same odds.

    Tho there is one hope. While Otomo was writing and directing the Anime, he was also still writing and drawing the Manga. You’ll note that the ending of the Anime was actually just a drastically altered version of the middle of the Manga.

    And frankly the people of Neo-Tokyo rising from the ashes after being destroyed by Akira for the 2nd time, and all the different factions that the survivors gang together as was the best part of the Manga’s story.

    And that’s coming from a guy who thinks that Akira is, and likely always will be, the best Anime ever made. It still looks as fresh today as it did when it was first printed to film.

    I would love to see the rise of the Neo Tokyo Espers led by Emperor Tetsuo, and the American Assassins infiltrating the ruined city, and the Colonel fallen from grace and power, and Kay and her Post Apocalyptic survivalist companion Chioko.

    Of course now that’s a body of work of similar size to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and would be in desperate need of multiple 3+ hour films to do it any justice.

    Justice I have zero faith in.

    • Yeah, as a rule, adaptions of works in progress are even worse than regular adaptations. They want to strike while the iron is hot (after all, what if it ends and everyone forgets about it and no one sees their expensive movie!), and end up completely screwing things up (this happens more with TV shows than movie adaptations; they’ll end up producing so many episodes that they’ll catch up to the original work, and then instead of planning out a coherent story, they’ll just start with random filler).

      The live-action Evangelion movie is going to have problems as well; there’s no way to condense that much narrative into a 2 hour movie without either completely confusing everyone not already familiar with it, or completely destroying the IP.

      Hell, with LotR, even with extended cuts they still had to leave a lot out of the films. And LotR is far more popular than any manga/anime.

  2. Hollywood should just stop with adaptations and start making original titles inspired from shows like these instead of ruining their names. (ahem… dragon ball and among others….)

    In any case, I don’t see many producers willing to respect the original enough to make it a true and worthy adaptation. There are some exceptions of course but theres so many bad ones I can’t particularly recall successful titles off the top of my head.
    ~Gambit VII

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