Anime bravely soldiers on despite 'Speed Racer' debacle

Written by Musashi on . Posted in Film

anime deadWas anybody really concerned about the possibility that the anime industry would tank if the Speed Racer film performed poorly? I’d say anime has a number of problems, none of which have to do with a poorly received live-action film adaptation.

That said, there are a number of anime-related films in the pipeline at studios across Hollywood, and one wonders if anyone is getting cold feet at the prospect of launching a film that could scare up the kind of bad juju that deep-sixed the Wachowski’s effort.

From the New York Post: Future of Anime Remains Bright Despite ‘Speed Racer’ Failure

Fans are excited about the grown-up, live-action anime-inspired adaptations in various stages of development. These projects will likely feature the sort of hyper-stylized look and kinetic hyperactivity that are the hallmarks of great anime, and the projects are being championed by some of Hollywood’s greatest talent.

Ironically, Warner Bros is the studio behind two of the most-anticipated anime-style projects, but will they be gun shy after the Speed Racer experience? Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio is working on an ambitious live-action version of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira that will move the action from ‘Neo-Tokyo’ to ‘Neo-Manhattan.’ The plan is for two films with Ireland’s Ruairi Robinson set to make his directing debut. This is dystopian science fiction, which will likely have more of a Matrix trilogy look, and it is tentatively set for next summer. Akira has all the makings of a blockbuster franchise.

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Alex was born and raised in the seething metropolis of Cincinnati, Ohio. Raised on a steady diet of samurai films and punk rock, Musashi wandered from college-major to college-major before finally settling on graphic design / commercial illustration – hoping to secure a toe-hold in the comic book industry. While that turned out to be an ill-conceived plan, it did give him time to start his first website – Thick’n'Fudgy – which was every bit as juvenile as it sounds. was founded in 2001, was later re-dubbed, and finally became in 2012. Musashi still lives in Southwestern, Ohio with his wife, four kids, three goldfish, and a pair of dead crabs.

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