There’s a usual level of decorum when creative types talk about their peers. When you watch a behind-the-scenes feature, there’s bound to be a lot of ‘it was a pleasure working with…’ and ‘I love the book this is based on…’
The director of the live-action adaptation of Akira, Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax), isn’t interested in such pleasantries.
In a recent interview with coming soon, he said:
“I hope that I can bring strong characters. In the original source material, I don’t think the main characters are the protagonists. What I’m hoping is to bring characters … Nobody’s interesting. Tetsuo’s interesting because weird sh*t happens to him, and Kaneda is so two-dimensional. That’s part of the Japanese culture, they never have strong characters. They’re used as a way to move the other philosophy forward.”
In other words, Collet-Serra thinks that Akira is shallow, and that Kasuhiro Otomo can’t write an interesting character (nor can anyone else in Japan).
Well, good thing Collet-Serra (House of Wax) is here to teach every writer in Japan how to write an interesting character 😛