The Akira Project has landed. This Japanese anime has been in the works as a live-action film in Hollywood for years, and some fans out of Quebec were tired of waiting for the big boys to get to work on the film. They were so tired of waiting that they decided to do their own trailer for the film, and they didn't go small for this endeavor. In fact, they thought very big, according to a report by Bloody Disgusting on May 10.
Nguyen-Anh Nguyen lead a team of 100 people from 12 different countries, and this group launched a campaign on Indiegogo back in July 2012. After raising the funds needed for this project, the group went to work on a five-minute trailer, and that took them a year and a half to complete. The final result is filled with high end visual effects, and it includes moments that are a part of the Akira story. These moments include a motorcycle chase and an explosion of Neo Tokyo.
Who takes on the main role in this fan-made trailer? Osric Chau is the main star of this short trailer. He was last seen on "Supernatural" as Kevin Tran. His character was killed off by a rogue angel earlier this season. He did pop up again in ghost form before his mother crossed him over. He is featured front and center in this short trailer.
The original Akira film was made in Japan back in 1988. This anime classic was based on a manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. Hollywood began to look at the possibility of making this anime film into a live-action one back in 2002. Warner Bros. was interested in bringing this story to American audiences. However, since then the project has been met with delay after delay.
In 2014, the project came up again when Jaume Collet-Serra spoke about the film in a new interview. He said the following, according to Coming Soon: "It's different, because you have to be respectful of the source material. Otomo adapted his own work from a manga into an anime and both things are completely different and genius. The only way to do a live version of "Akira" is to take the spirit and adapt it. It will be as different as the anime was from the manga."
Some big names in Hollywood have been connected to this film. Both Zac Efron and Garrett Hedlund have been mentioned as possible stars for this film since Warner Bros. began to look at the project. Morgan Freeman has also been connected to this project as well.
Crowd sourced funding has been seen as a possible way to bring stories to life. Projects like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have been able to help artists raise needed funds to make ideas turn into reality. "Veronica Mars" was brought back to life and to the big screen because of a Kickstarter fund. This group from Quebec went this route, and they have made a stunning trailer that is getting big notice today.
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