AKIRA (アキラ) is a 1988 Japanese animated action film written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo based on his hit manga. The film is set in a futuristic and post-war city, Neo-Tokyo, in 2019. While most of the character designs and basic settings were adapted from the original 2182-page manga epic, the restructured plot of the movie differs considerably from the print version, pruning much of the last half of the manga. The film became a hugely popular cult film and is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation and film. -From Wikipedia
Rumors are spreading that Zac Efron of the High School Musical Fame has been offered the title role of the Hollywood movie adaptation of the highly critical Japanese animated movie Akira. The rumor hasn’t been confirmed yet, but some are claiming that the actor is still in talks with the project. The Hollywood adaptation by Warner Bros. will be rated PG-13 and obviously the plot will be a whole lot different from the original source as proved by the recent Hollywood adaptations such as Dragonball Evolution, Tekken the Movie, etc. The setting of Neo-Tokyo will be changed to New Manhattan and will probably be horrible enough for the fans to take. I never thought that pretty-boy pop stars can be cast as a lead role in a fantasy action film. Facepalm.