The Akira Project Crowdfunds Fanboy-Approved ‘Akira’ Trailer

Hell hath no fury like a fanboy spurned, but that usually doesn’t occur until after the film in question has been released to theaters. Tired of having their expectations dashed by disappointing news of the long anticipated live-action Akira adaptation, fans completed their own live version of a trailer for the popular manga-turned-anime, one that attempts to “do Akira justice” by following the source material as closely as possible.

The production, which was titled The Akira Project, was led by Nguyen-Anh Nguyen through his Montreal-based production company Cineground and funded through online donations and a crowdfunding campaign launched on Indiegogo in 2012. Its conception was the result of reports that Warner Brothers’ live-action Akira, which has been in and out of development since they purchased the rights in 2002, was shortlisting non-Asian actors and changing the film’s setting from Tokyo to Manhattan.

“As fans, it always pains us to see old school masterpieces being destroyed by the corporate nature of Hollywood; where numbers often prevail over originality,” said Nguyen-Anh Nguyen in his crowdfunding pitch. “We want to do this because we want to see the vision of Akira come to life in the most realistic way possible and show that there is a public out there for honest, original manga adaptations.”

Learn more about the Akira Project production through their official Facebook page


  • Matthew Broussard

    If it followed the source material as closely as possible all the actors would be Japanese..

  • Mister Twister

    Funny… I preferred the movie to the books.

  • schwarzgrau

    Even if the compositions match the panels pretty closely the whole trailer seems to me a lot more catchy and heroic, than I would expect it from an AKIRA adaption.

  • UsaMiKo

    I don’t want to sound mean here( it looks like a lot of love went into this), but come on. It’s only a matter of time before the copyright laws catch up with them. It’s actually surprising how many fan projects like this get fully funded without anyone noticing. Hopefully they won’t get into to much trouble, but I can’t see this getting much further without legal peoblems.

  • jonhanson

    “As fans, it always pains us to see old school masterpieces being
    destroyed by the corporate nature of Hollywood; where numbers often
    prevail over originality,”

    Says the people making a fan film. I love Akira but I don’t know what’s worse, an unfaithful hollywood adaption or a fan film that’s slavishly attached to the source material but far too low budget to come close to replicating the images found in the original.

    • StephaneDumas

      I think then the fanfilm seems to be more closer to the original and the fanfilms helped to keep the original franchise relevant and even attract new fans with the dozens of fanfilms devoted to Star Wars, Batman, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc… Hollywood screwed it with the adaptation of classic British tv series like “The Avengers” and “Thunderbirds”. (For “The Avengers”, I talk of the spy series starring Patrick McNee and Diana Rigg and I guess this is where Marvel comics got the inspiration for Black Widow costumes ;-) )

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUQzNIxGLyM

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frFWpzwos4I

      • jonhanson

        I don’t necessarily want to insult fan films as a whole but it just seems strange to see people trying to copy a piece of art frame for frame insulting Hollywood as unoriginal.

        Plus a live action Akira would need a budget of around $200 million dollars to work. I mean these people clearly put a lot of love into their work and did the best they could but didn’t come close to capturing the sheer scope of the movie or the manga. It’s just not the sort of story that lends itself to being made into a fan film.

  • slowtiger

    I don’t get it. What does this add to the original anime? This would be just another cookie-cutter action movie with japanese-looking faces talking american english.

  • tonguestubble

    They’ve picked out great stuff from the film to replicate, and the love and dedication is clear to see, but a live action replica would be as bad as a Hollywood rework. If a live acton Akira is ever made, they’ll need to strike the balance between something commercially viable and something with artistic integrity (which is almost always the goal with any film).

    Still it’s better than that shitty Kanye West video (shame on you Daft Punk, shame, shame, shame…)

  • Myst AnimatorX

    Is it too harsh to suggest that all that effort could have been used on something original? ( I shouldn’t talk, I’ve made fan projects myself )But so many “fan” works…the effort and talent is there..just not their own ideas it would seem.

  • StephaneDumas

    I guess it’s time for a little Akira flashback from 2008. ;-)

    http://www.cartoonbrew.com/anime/the-american-akira-9347.html

  • Victor R.

    I didn’t know about that comming movie. It’s good to see that this time something was done before they destroy this great story.

  • jmahon

    this may be sacrilege but I think this would be one movie where JJ Abram’s visual direction would actually be required.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Speaking of fans throwing their money away (though this might float some people’s boats)….
    https://vimeo.com/84683590