Let's start Monday off with bang! The Akira Project has released a full five minute trailer for their amazing-looking Akira fan film, and there's a good chance that it's going to blow your mind. I've been following this project since I first heard about it, and it's come a hell of long way. This thing looks absolutely incredible and is most likely better than anything Hollywood plans on doing with the property. I couldn't be more thrilled for the filmmakers. A lot of time and hard work went into developing this, and it's going to pay off for them. This is exactly what most hardcore fans would want to see from a live-action Akira movie.
Here's a note from the creators of the film about how it all came together.
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.
I can't wait to watch this movie in its entirety!