The live-action film adaptation of that most iconic work of Japanese manga and anime, “Akira,” has been in development for well over a decade with numerous directors and actors attached at various times.
Before Justin Lin, Jaume Collet-Serra and the Hughes brothers were linked, it was Irish short filmmaker Ruairi Robinson (“The Last Days on Mars”) who was attached to direct the project which would shift the focus from the New Tokyo of the original to ‘New Manhattan’.
Like the original story it would follow Kaneda, the leader of a biker gang, who must save his friend Tetsuo from government medical experiments after potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities emerge.
A few years ago Robinson quietly slipped out some concept art from the film which seemingly went by unnoticed until it resurfaced this weekend over at Bloody Disgusting. That art, which comes from Robinson’s official site includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tetsuo, Chris Evans as Kaneda, and looks at New York before and after the apocalypse. Check it out below.
Development on the “Akira” film is still underway, but no word of when it might get into production and who may star in it.