The live action version of Akira is all but shut down due to budgetary concerns at Warner Bros., but a lot of work has already been done on the film so why not share that with the world if the film will never see the light of day, right? Concept artist Sylvain Despretz had been working on art and storyboards for what supposedly was not a great script, and io9 got their hands on a few pages of the work. Scope them out below.
Obviously this doesn’t give you very much info about what the film would have been, but you can see a rather blonde-looking Kaneda riding what looks to be a much slimmer version of the iconic motorcycle from the original anime.
Fans of the anime will notice the shots of the city being destroyed, as in the opening image of the 1988 version, so it’s nice to see that at least that aspect of the story wasn’t changed. Though, if I had to guess, I’d say that’s LA instead of Tokyo which is…upsetting. It is kind of cool to see that there was actual work being done on the film, not just a bunch of suits deciding whether or not to throw money at it.
Admittedly, a live-action Akira could be amazing. Like, really amazing. Imagine it in the hands of Christopher Nolan on an Inception budget. Unfortunately, WB is only willing to put about $70 million into it, which seems low for the stars they’re trying to attach. Someone needs to slap the executives in the face with a District 9 Blu-ray and say, “This was done for $30 million! It can be done!”
Oh well. I for one am hopeful to see this come to fruition one way or the other, how about you guys? Do you have faith in Hollywood to do this right, or have you given up on it?