Live-Action "Akira" Fan Film Trailer Stays Close to the Source

While Hollywood struggles to realize a live-action take on Katsuhiro Otomo's classic Akira, Canada-based CineGround Media has a new preview of director/producer Nguyen-Anh Nguyen's vision for The Akira Project. The crowd-funded, non-profit project stars Supernatural's Osric Chau and aims to be as faithful as possible to the source material. See what they cooked up in the trailer below.

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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.

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

Back in February,'s interview with director Jaume Collet-Serra indicated that the Akira live action project is still very much in the works.