The live action film of Akira may be dead in the water, resulting in rejoices from the throbbing masses of discerning comic book and manga fans around the world.
However, Ruairi Robinson was attached to the film a few years ago, and the good folks at i09 have offered a look at what the film may have looked like with concept artist Sylvain Despretz (Gladiator, TRON: Legacy). They don’t give us a great idea of the vibe of the film, but is reminiscent of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic film.
Akira is a story set against the dystopian future of Neo-Tokyo, where biker Tetsuo Shima’s emerging psychic powers threaten to release Akira, and he must be stopped by fellow biker Shotaro Kaneda.
The 1988 anime film was adapted from a 2182-page manga story, and was significantly altered and cut-down to make the feature length film we all know and love today. It is uncertain what path any live-action adaptation will take.
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