io9 hat einen kurzen Blick auf einen ersten Entwurf der amerikanisierten Akira-Realverfilmung werfen können. Und. Das. Sieht. Gar nicht gut aus. Gar nicht gut. Tetsuo nutzt seine Superkräfte um (Achtung!) Bowlingkugeln rumzuwerfen und das damalige Script (das mittlerweile wohl internen Quellen zufolge komplett überarbeitet wurde) schien eine ausgeprägte religiöse Note zu haben. Ist zwar nutzlos, aber: Ey! Don’t fuck this up!
Kaneda and Ky confront Tetsuo at a bowling alley of all places, where he’s murdered a rival gang member gruesomely, and is chowing down on pills. The scene is a bad mashup of a bit in the original movie when Tetsuo confronts two members of his gang who once picked on him in a pool hall, and the intense final fight between Tetsuo and Kaneda after Tetsuo has discovered the jars that hold Akira’s remains. […]
This scene, with its weird bowling alley setting, makes their relationship feel like something out of a sitcom rather than a gang epic. I mean, at one point Tetsuo levitates some bowling balls and shoots them at Kaneda. Really, people? So you turned the space laser fight with Akira’s organs into a bowling ball brawl? Not good! […]
Still, I could do without lines like this, from Tetsuo:
Akira. I hear his voice. I am his savior. His resurrector. His breath of life. I’m going to find him. Set him free. Help him break it all apart again. […]
Given that the Hughes Bros., writer/directors of Book of Eli, are helming the American version, however, I get the feeling that there will be some unwelcome injections of random Bible stuff.