A while back we told you about a small “labor of love” called The Akira Project ,that was trying to generate money, through Indie Go Go, to create an Akira fan trailer, well guess what?… it got funded, and not only that, we got the full trailer for you right here. It’s astonishingly true to the manga/anime. I’m guessing their hopes is that either Hollywood picks this entire project up or that someone involved in this projects gets to helm a blockbusting movie. My guess is that, if and when the film, does arrive, it won’t look like this. Shame, because there is clearly a love for the beloved Katsuhiro Otomo story, being displayed here. For more info in this project check out the links below after the jump.
The Akira Project was directed by Nguyen-Anh Nguyen and stars Osric Chau as Kaneda Shotaro,
Xavier Yuvens as Tetsuo Shima, Simon Li as Yamagata and Judy Wong as Kei.
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 has been working on a live-action Akira movie for a few years now, we, as fans, wanted 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 offered their time and talent to help the production that was shot in Montreal, Quebec from November 2-5th 2012. What started out as a simple idea between two guys having a beer (Hey! It’d be cool to see Kaneda ride his bike around Neo-Tokyo!), became a global endeavour, filled with adventures and hurdles, involving more than 40 artists in 12 different countries.
After a year and a half in post-production, we are proud to present the project to Akira fans the world over. We hope to have done justice to the timeless work of Katsuhiro Otomo and look forward to, someday, seeing the full scope of the Akira story translated to the big screen as a live-action.