Indie Spotlight: Live-Action Fan-Made AKIRA Project

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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.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra Talks NON-STOP, His Fear of Flying, Breaking Cameras, RUN ALL NIGHT, HERE THERE BE MONSTERS, AKIRA, and More

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As someone with a severe fear of the dentist, I’d take a pass on absolutely anything that would have me in a dentist’s office for a stretch of time.  (Or for five minutes for that matter.)  Jaume Collet-Serra, however, opts for the exact opposite approach.  Rather than assuage his fear of flying by avoiding airplanes altogether, he signs up for a gig that has him working in one for months.

Collet-Serra reunites with his Unknown star Liam Neeson for Non-Stop, a movie that hones in on an air marshal aboard a transatlantic flight to London.  Once airborne, the marshal starts receiving text messages from an unknown source, threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless he’s given $150 million.  With Non-Stop­ making its way into theaters on Friday, February 28th, Collider got the opportunity to talk to Collet-Serra about channeling his fear into his characters, designing his airplane set to match his shot selection and the enjoyment he gets from breaking cameras.  Hit the jump to catch all the details on Non-Stop as well as Run All Night, Here There Be Monsters, Akira and more.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra Hopes AKIRA Will Be His Next Project

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After spending years trying to get a live-action adaptation of Akira off the ground, it seemed as though Jaume Collet-Serra was going to be the man to do it – that is until plans imploded due to budget issues.  However, two years after Warner Bros. insisted on re-working the script to bring down the $90 million tab, news broke that the project was back on track.  In August, word got out that Collet-Serra was in discussions to re-board the production and apparently those discussions went quite well because Collet-Serra himself confirmed he’s actively working on the project.  Hit the jump for more.


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New to Blu-ray this week, Superman flies to home video, Noah Baumbach’s latest film gets the Criterion treatment, and a controversial Oliver Stone classic (which one?) receives a collector’s edition upgrade.

Paul Dano Talks 12 YEARS A SLAVE, PRISONERS, Playing Brian Wilson in LOVE & MERCY, WARCRAFT Rumors, His Punchable Face, and More

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Over the past few years, Paul Dano has established himself as one of the best actors of his generation and someone that can morph into any role.   While most people will immediately remember his work in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and Little Miss Sunshine, he’s also great in Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, Paul Weitz’s Being Flynn (opposite Robert De Niro), Ruby Sparks, Looper, and many more.   Based on his work in the films I just mentioned, it’s no surprise directors Denis Villeneuve and Steve McQueen wanted him in Prisoners and 12 Years a Slave, respectively, and he delivers some of his best work in both films.

Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Dano.  He talked about how 2013 has been a very good year, working with Villeneuve, Hugh Jackman and Roger Deakins on Prisoners,  McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, getting to play Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy (which was written by Oren Moverman), if he’s involved in Warcraft and/or Akira, future projects, how he’s changed as an actor, what makes his face so punchable, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Warner Bros. Resurrects AKIRA as Jaume Collet-Sera Returns to Director’s Chair with Reduced Budget

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Warner Bros.’ troubled adaptation of the popular manga Akira may yet make it in front of cameras.  The studio has been trying to get Akira off the ground for years, and most recently Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) was attached to direct with a cast that included Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter, and Ken Watanabe.  Collet-Serra had managed to reduce the budget down to $90 million from Albert Hughes’ $180 million version of the film, but just as production was looming closer, WB hit pause on the project with the aim of bringing the budget down further to somewhere between $60 million and $70 million.  Collet-Serra subsequently left the project to focus his efforts on other pursuits, and word on the feature has been practically non-existent for over a year.

However, reports have now surfaced that Warner Bros. is revving Akira up once more, complete with Collet-Serra returning to the director’s chair.  Hit the jump for more.

Preview of Hero Complex Gallery’s “Bleeding Metallics” Show; Pieces Inspired by Wolverine, The Iron Giant, SUBURBAN COMMANDO, and More

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Hero Complex Gallery in LA opens its new show, BLEEDING METALLICS, this Friday night.  There will be art printed with metallic inks, printed on metal, crafted out of metal, using metallic paints and papers…and while this is quickly turning into a Bubba Gump routine, you get it…lots of metal.  Check out more info on the show, 14 preview images, and a surprise for the first 50 customers after the jump.

Screenwriter Gary Whitta Talks AFTER EARTH, Developing the Story with Will Smith, the Possibility of a Sequel, His Draft of AKIRA, and More

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With director M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth opening this weekend, Sony Pictures invited us to the Virgin Galactic Spaceport in New Mexico for the press junket.  As you can imagine, it was an amazing place to talk about the movie.  If you’re not familiar with the plot, After Earth stars Will Smith and Jaden Smith as a father and son who crash land on a post-apocalyptic Earth, and it’s up to the son to fight for survival when the father is seriously injured.   For more on the film, watch three clips and some behind-the-scenes footage.  After Earth also stars Sophie Okonedo and Zoe Kravitz.

During our exclusive interview with screenwriter Gary Whitta, he talked about how the project came together, how the story changed during production, the father-son dynamic, how Hollywood doesn’t make many films aimed at younger teenagers, his experiences working on the live-action Akira movie and what was his take on the story, future projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Screenwriter Gary Whitta Says His AKIRA Script Took Place in a Japanese-owned Manhattan

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A live-action feature film adaptation of the popular manga Akira has been a long time coming, but thus far has yet to come to fruition.  After a prolonged development process, the film was finally beginning to move into pre-production at Warner Bros. in 2011 with Garrett Hedlund cast as Kaneda and the studio in various stages of negotiations with Kristen Stewart, Gary Oldman, and Helena Bonham Carter for roles.  However, the studio subsequently halted production on the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed film in early 2012, citing their desire for more script work to be done.  The project appears to have now sunk back into development hell, as we haven’t heard a solid update regarding WB’s Akira in over a year.

Steve recently sat down with screenwriter Gary Whitta in anticipation of the release of the upcoming sci-fi film After Earth, and during the course of their conversation Whitta talked at length about his work on Akira.  As one of the first screenwriters on the film, Whitta revealed his intriguing location change for the film that attempted to solve the issue of “Americanizing” the story, the difficulty of getting the movie made, and more.  Hit the jump to read on. 

70 Pictures from the Hero Complex Gallery RIGHTEOUS RIDES…AND THE DUDES WHO DRIVE THEM! Gallery Show in Los Angeles

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Imagine an art show that focuses on “prominent characters of fiction and their often creative ways of getting around.”  If that sounds cool, then I recommend checking out the new Hero Complex Gallery show called “Righteous Rides…And the Dudes Who Drive Them” that opened in Los Angeles tonight.  The show is located at 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D (90034) and it’s filled with artwork based on the rides from Blade Runner, Akira, Bullitt, Back to the Future, Star Wars, James Bond, Ferris Bueller, Prometheus, Transformers, Up, Star Trek, and so many others it’s too many to list here.  The most important thing to know is that the artwork is really well done and it’s definitely worth the drive.

However, since most of you live outside of Los Angeles, I took pictures of everything on display and after the jump you can check out about 70 images from the show.

Limited Paper Interview: Alexander Iaccarino Discusses His AKIRA Poster, Working With Naughty Dog on THE LAST OF US, and Helps With Our Giveaway

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Imagine that you’re a struggling artist.   You’ve got undeniable talent, your friends all think you’re great at what you do, and your family’s supportive of you… but no one else seems to be paying attention to your work.  One day, you upload a photo of your latest creation—a hand-drawn movie poster—to your websbite, and something you’ve always hoped would happen finally does:  a few key people notice the poster, share it with others, and now all of ‘em want to pay you for a copy of it.  Over the course of one frantic day, you go from being almost completely unknown… to having an inbox filled with questions, PayPal receipts, and maybe even a few offers for future work.  It’s what you’ve been hoping would happen, but are you prepared for it?

This is what happened to artist Alexander Iaccarino over the past month.  His take on the animated 80’s classic Akira put him on the radar of hundreds—if not thousands—of art collectors recently, and in the time since he’s had to adapt to his newfound success.  With a brand-new poster (based on Sony’s upcoming The Last of Us) debuting this weekend at the Penny Arcade Expo, Iaccarino sat down with Limited Paper to describe what it’s been like (and to help us give away a few copies of that new poster).  Meet me after the jump, folks.

Limited Paper: AKIRA Print Update from Artist Alexander Iaccarino

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A few weeks back, Limited Paper pointed you in the direction of a brand-new poster based on the 80’s manga classic, Akira.  That piece—created by a relative newcomer by the name of Alexander Iaccarino—was impressive enough to go from “virtually unknown” to “completely sold out” in just under 24 hours.  Indeed, we immediately picked up a 24x36” edition of the poster, and (if your emails are any indication) so did a bunch of you.

Well, since we all placed our orders on the same day, it’s likely that—like us– you’re wondering when said poster is gonna arrive.  This week, we requested an update on Akira’s shipping progress, and were delighted when Alex got back to us with good news and some exclusive new photos.  Wanna check out those photos, find out what Alex had to say, and learn when your posters might start arriving?  Meet me after the jump, folks.

Limited Paper: Acid-Free Gallery’s MYTHS AND MONSTERS! Mondo Does THE GOONIES! Ken Taylor, AKIRA, STAR WARS, More

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After the madness that was Comic-Con 2012, things have been a little more quiet than usual on the Limited Paper front.  But don’t worry!  We’re not cutting back.  Truth is, we’ve just had a ton of catching-up to do here at Collider HQ:  film set visits that needed to be reported, interviews to transcribe, booze-soaked canoe trips to document–there were times that it felt like our non-poster-related reporting would never end.

But today we’re back with a brand-new installment of your preferred column, and there’s much to share.  What’s Mondo doing this weekend in Kansas City?  What artists are taking part in Acid-Free Gallery’s Myths and Monsters shows?  Wanna know where you can get a sweet Akira poster?  Any Ken Taylor fans in the audience?  There’s a ton of answers waiting for you after the jump, my fellow screenprint-enthusiasts.

AKIRA Fan Builds Kaneda’s Motorcycle and Rides for Charity

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While the live-action Akira may never surpass the original in the minds of fans, this live-action version of Shotaro Kaneda’s cherry-red motorcycle certainly does the trick. Built over the span of seven years at a cost of $121,000 by Akira fan, Masashi Teshima, this replica is officially recognized by Akira creator, Katsuhiro Otomo. Teshima is currently riding across Japan in order to raise money and awareness for a children’s autism charity.  He’ll end up in Tokyo where the bike will be put on exhibit for Otomo where visitors can take pictures with the iconic ride.  Proceeds from the exhibit will go to help the victims of last year’s earthquakes and tsunami. While the live-action version of Akira is still mired in development hell, you can hit the jump to check out what Kaneda’s sweet ride looks like in real life.


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Opening today is director Jonathan Liebesman’s (Battle: Los Angeles) Wrath of the Titans.  In the sequel to Clash of the Titans, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is tasked with stopping the titans and saving Zeus (Liam Neeson) from Hades’ stranglehold (Ralph Fiennes). The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell and Danny Huston.  And for those wondering how the sequel turned out, Wrath of the Titans is what I hoped Clash of the Titans would be.  It’s got a solid story, incredible effects, and the 3D is really well done.  I’ve seen it twice (including IMAX 3D) and it’s definitely recommended.  For more on the film, here’s five clips.

During my interview with Kebbell, we talked about how he got involved in the project, what did he want to bring to his character, what surprised him about making the movie, and what’s his favorite director, actor and movie.  In addition, we talked about director Zal Batmanglij‘s (Sound of My Voice) The East and his thoughts on the live-action Akira.  Hit the jump to watch.

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