As Hollywood see-saws on a live-action adaptation of Otomo Karsuhiro's manga and anime, Akira, that has not stopped his legion of fans from expressing their love for his work. Such an example of this passion for the source material bearing good fruit comes in a new fan made trailer called Akira Project. This group of fans is based out of Montreal, Quebec, and their passion for the source material comes through loud and clear!
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.
This is about as faithful to the source material as one can get. Turn up the volume and enjoy this visual spectacle.
[And now, because a number of you are demonstrating that you're unable to discuss Akira without becoming rude and disrespectful twats I'm deleting a bunch of comments and shutting down the comment thread.]
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