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WATCH: Fan-made Akira trailer will leave you wanting more…

May 12th, 2014 by Marc Comments

With Hollywood wrestling with the Akira movie for years, it looks like it’ll never happen…

However, the fans at The Akira Project decided that that wasn’t good enough and have finally finished their trailer for Akira which covers many of the big parts of the original Manga.

It’s beautiful, stylist and faithful… come on Hollywood, just flesh this out because we at FTN would watch another couple of hours of this!

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:

Production company:

1. Score: Icarus (Deus Ex Main Theme) – Michael McCann (iTunes)
2. End Credits: Kaneda’s Theme Remix – Le Matos : (here)

Shot on RED Epic-X with Kowa Prominar Anamorphics, Cooke MiniS4, Leica Summicron-C.

Partners: CineGround, GreenGround, EZ Designs, Location Snap Shots, Studio Nora, Badpen Studios

Producer/Director: Nguyen-Anh Nguyen

Director of Photography: Jan Belina-Brzozowski

Visual Effects Supervisor:Santiago Menghini

Production Designer: Laura Nhem

Kaneda Shotaro: Osric Chau

Tetsuo Shima: Xavier Yuvens

Yamagata: Simon Li

Kei: Judy Wong

Production Manager: Aurélie Bernos

First Assistant Director: Andreas Mendritzki

Line Producer: Aonan Yang

Editor: Arnaud Faure

Sound Design: EchoLab.TV

Sound Designers: Gavin Little, Joe McHugh:

Post Production Supervisor: Simon Allard

Executive Producer: Osric Chau

Associate Producer: Santiago Menghini, E. Nova Zatzman

The Colonel: George Manley

Lt. Yamada: Simu Liu

Special Forces: Steve Kasan, Phi Huynh, Minh Thuy Nguyen,

Jean Mai, Giancarlo Talarico

Number 26/Akira: Anh Tuan Truong

Clown Gang Biker: Luong Chun Wai

Biker: Ranga Rajachandra

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….