And while the Hollywood adaptation of AKIRA into "live-action" is not exactly happening anytime soon, a fan-made film instead has indeed become a visual reality! With the trailer showing a decided similarity to the source material (both anime and manga), which brings a wicked smile to my face and hearts, here's more visuals to aid in your collective excitement, and some words about the project!
"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.
For more information: www.akira-project.com
Production company: www.cineground.com"
1.Icarus Main Theme (Deux Ex) - Michael McCann (iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/ica...)
2. Kaneda's Theme Remix - Le Matos : (lematos.bandcamp.com)
Shot on RED Epic-X with Kowa Prominar Anamorphics, Cooke MiniS4, Leica Summicron-C.
Partners: CineGround, GreenGround, EZ Designs, Location Snap Shots, Studio Nora, Badpen Studios
Remix this video!
Introducing Osric Chau as Shotaro Kaneda!
Photography and Gfx Design: Jan Belina Brzozowski
Additional Gfx Design: Pedro Echeverría NastyCircus
Art Direction: Laura Nhem
Weapon Design: Kre8 FX
Hair & Makeup: Ana-Maria Cimpoia
Akira Project Logo: Jaime Vasquez
Modified Akira Kana: Pascal Wicht"