‘The Akira Project’ Faithfully Adapts Katsuhiro Otomo’s Work In Live Action [Video]
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It’s tough to say whether the much-talked about, sometimes-maligned live-action adaptation of Akira, the latest iteration of which would have “localized” the movie to an unrecognizable pulp, will ever see the light of day, but a group of fans may have already bested anything Hollywood could have accomplished anyway.
The three-minute-plus trailer created by The Akira Project looks and feels like a genuine adaptation of the Katsuhiro Otomo manga and the highly regarded anime film. A few shots are downright identical. And, guess what? The actors in it are of Asian descent. (You may even recognize the actor who plays Kaneda, Osric Chau, from a recurring role on Supernatural.) Check it out!
The trailer is the result of an Indiegogo campaign launched back in the summer of 2012 and features the work of 40 artists from 12 countries, according to the YouTube description. The whole thing took a year and half of post-production to put together.
Looks like it was worth it, especially if it can rattle Jaume “Nobody’s interesting” Collett-Serra before he makes what could be a decidedly less faithful film.