Fans of the manga/anime film Akira have been clamoring for a live-action version of the film for years. One group, collectively know as The Akira Project, successfully ran a crowdsourcing campaign in efforts of creating a fan-made, live-action trailer. Call it a way to entice the studios to see this epic tale into production.
Marco Ramirez, who has written for Sons of Anarchy, Orange Is The New Black, and is the showrunner for the Netflix hit Marvel’s Daredevil, had been tapped to pen a screenplay for the film which Warner Bros. has been attempting to develop for nearly eight years. Though nothing further has been announced as to its development, we can at least enjoy what could be with The Akira Project‘s fan-made, five minute trailer.
“The Akira Project” stars Osric Chau, Xavier Yuvens, Simon Li, Judy Wong, George Manley(voice), Simu Liu, Steve Kasan, Phi Huynh, Minh Thuy Nguyen, Jean Mai, Giancarlo Talarico, Anh Tuan Truong, Luong Chun Wai, Ranga Rajachandra and is directed by Nguyen-Anh Nguyen.
Details about the fan-made trailer, from akira-project.com:
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!
Nguyen-Anh Nguyen, producer/director