I was informed to check out something earlier today and was made aware that it was a live action fan made trailer for Akira. Instantly I was in a ‘oh no’ state of mind but then I got curious, much like the Deus Ex fan made film from a month ago, this one was a pleasant surprise. It’s not a short film but more of a trailer, still thought it was worth sharing.
Nguyen-Anh Nguyen (The producer/director of Akira Project) has this statement on the Akira Project website about the reason and purpose behind it:
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.
Enjoy the trailer!
There is one familiar face amongst the cast to me and that was Oscric Chau in the Kaneda role and he’s mostly known for his role as Kevin in the current seasons of Supernatural. Here below is the trailer for you to check out, before Hollywood eventually after years of trying being out a version of their own adaptation of Akira.