It goes without saying that with a little ingenuity, passion and respect, anyone with the know how and patience could create a better Akira film than most Hollywood directors could ever imagine. No disrespect to those in Hollywood who are trying to get this amazing Manga/Anime to the big screen, but Hollywood doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to adapting anything fanboy related, especially one that is as cult as this. We did a story awhile back about director Albert Hughes (Book of Eli, From Hell) and his struggles with Warner Bros in regards to doing Akira and then director Jaume Collet-Serra (Non Stop, Run All Night) took the helm and as far as we know he is still steering. But amidst the fog of war comes, as always, some talented VFX artists who are tired of waiting around and are putting together an Akira trailer and have even launched an indie go go campaign to raise money for the cause. Their hopes is that the trailer will be good enough for Hollywood to seed them with some cheddar to bring their idea to fruition. I think they have what it takes! I’ve watched the teaser trailer, that I’ve posted below, and it’s brilliant! It really encapsulates, in under a couple of minutes, the whole feel of the book and movie. I was really impressed, as I’m sure, you’ll be too.
The Akira Project is a crowd-sourced, non-profit project meant to create a live action fan trailer of AKIRA, the renowned manga-turned-anime film from the late 1980′s; a stunning example of both mediums as art forms. While Hollywood is trying, for the fourth time, to complete a live-action adaptation of Akira, we, as fans, felt like we ought to take a shot at making our own adaptation. A chance to stick as close to the source material as possible. A chance to do Akira Justice.
We launched an Indiegogo campaign in July 2012 as part of a crowd sourcing effort to make this project come to life. Many people contributed not just financially but also with their time and talent to help the production that happened from November 2-5th 2012. It was an intense shoot with lots of adventures and hurdles, but we managed to get something amazing that will truly give Akira fans the world over something to be proud of!
The final edit and soundtrack of the trailer have been completed in June 2013. With the help of many artists both found locally and online, we are now creating the world of Akira and the special effects needed to make this trailer the best it can be. Starting October 2013, we will be finally releasing some artwork and behind-the-scenes material throughout the next few months, prior to the release of the trailer in early 2014.