Hollywood has been taking their sweet time with a live-action adaptation of Akira, but this first look at the work from a group of passionate fans suggests we might not need the “professional” version after all. Normally on our Indie Spotlight, we bring you campaigns that are in the process of raising funds for a particularly interesting project, but today’s feature shows off the fruits of one team’s crowd-funded labor. Having started an IndieGoGo campaign in mid-2012, the Akira Project managed to go into production later that year, and now that they’ve spent over a year in post-production, the first trailer for their live-action Akira film is available for all to see. Hit the jump for more on the Akira Project and to check out the trailer.
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