Hollywood’s attempts to do a live-action “Akira” film have only hit brick walls over the years, mostly due to issues of budgeting. The setting seen in the renowned manga and its acclaimed 1988 anime film adaptation automatically makes it a big-budget prospect, but the subject matter is decidedly R-rated which limits the film’s potential audience.
That hasn’t stopped fans though, including “The Akira Project” – a crowd-sourced, non-profit feature which began life as an IndieGoGo campaign in 2012. The aim of the project was to create a live action fan trailer for “Akira”.
In late 2012 they shot said trailer over three days in Montreal. After a year and a half in post-production they’ve finally finished it and posted the 3.5 minute trailer online this weekend. It’s a very impressively made fan film which covers some of the big moments in the story.
The trailer and further details about the project can be found at the official site.