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'Akira' Movie Shut Down, Kristen Stewart In or Out?

Garrett HedlundProduction on Akira has been shut down. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the problems have to do with the film's casting and budget, the latter currently at $90 million. So, does that mean it was useless to bitch and complain when white actors were considered for a role that some felt belonged only to ethnic Japanese? Maybe not.

Not that Warner Bros. will be necessarily casting Takeshi Kaneshiro as one of the leads. My point is that Akira will likely still get made. TRON: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund (photo) has already signed on to the project. Hedlund's co-star in the Walter Salles indie On the Road, Kristen Stewart, was “in talks” to play the female lead. Others supposed to appear in the film were Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter. But no one as yet has been cast as Hedlund's nemesis/brother. (Among those mentioned for either of the male leads were Stewart's Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, in addition to Brad Pitt, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, and Justin Timberlake.)

Besides the casting issue, the Reporter adds that Warners wants the film's budget lowered, even though it's now about half of the projected cost when Albert Hughes was set to direct. As per the Reporter, Akira's attached director Jaume Collet-Serra and producers Jennifer Kiloran Davisson and Andrew Lazar are now going to rework the screenplay so as to bring the budget down to $60-70 million.

According a tweet by Variety's Josh Dickey, however, “Good source tells [fellow Variety contributor Justin Kroll] that Akira issue isn't budgetary at all – it's that WB execs want more script development.”

Regarding Kristen Stewart's casting, Dickey had earlier tweeted the following: “Her deal never closed. Which is pretty telling, actually.” And in answer to a query about Stewart's potential casting, Dickey wrote: “Hard to say. With her deal not closed and the studio shrinking the budget, I wouldn't hold my breath.” But if the studio isn't really shrinking Akira's budget, then…

Well, in case Akira does indeed see the light of day – which is apparently quite possible – it'll be released in 2013. By then, we should know whether or not Kristen Stewart will be one of the film's stars.

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  1. ana cabana

    oh perfect if rob and kristen are in to this project love to see theme together