Illustration for article titled Hey everybody, the American emAkira/em is dead! Again!

Remember that unkillable American Akira adaptation starring Kristen Stewart and the other Tron Guy (not that one) as Kaneda the neighborhood suds dealer? According to THR, Amerikira is dead until producers figure out how to lop ~$25 million off of director Jaume Collet-Serra's $90-million production:


The project [...] is being shut down in the face of casting and budgetary issues. The production offices in Vancouver are being closed, with below-the-line talent and crew told to stop working. "Everybody is being sent home," according to an insider [...]

[With] Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter in various stages of dealmaking, the studio feels that the price tag is still too high for a sci-fi project with that level of star wattage. The goal, say insiders, is to bring the budget down to between $60 million and $70 million.


Yes, the movie nobody wanted promises to be even more skint. That is, unless the script revision fails miserably. Ergo, I plan on taking ventriloquism lessons, camouflaging myself as a plastic fern in the writers' room, and murmuring inordinately expensive propositions like "Kaneda and Tetsuo are time-traveling, 500-foot centaurs who, every thirty seconds, spontaneously combust into literal blizzards of cocaine and magma."

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