Anime fans don’t need us to tell them about the ground-breaking 1988 animated film Akira, or the dense multi-volume manga that preceded it in 1980.
Those same fans also don’t need us to tell them about the supposed live-action Akira project that has been ping-ponged around Development Hell since at least 2002. In all that time, producers considered any number of A-list, anglo leading men to fill out the cast while retaining the Neo Tokyo setting and the Japanese names (???).
As one might imagine, this has resulted in some controversy, with even George Takei saying that the casting of white actors in a presumably Japanese locale would be a weirdly stupid idea.
Anyway, we’re on a tangent now. The point is, the live-action Akira project is never going to happen, especially if producers insist on Last Airbender-ing the cast and the director insists on talking shit about Japanese culture.
Luckily for us (and probably George Takei), the fans have picked up Hollywood’s slack. Above is the Akira Project: A fan-made trailer with a crowd-sourced budget created by a group of fans in Montreal. No profit motive here. They just wanted to give Akira fans what Hollywood can’t, wont, and shouldn’t.
Or, Hollywood could just give these guys millions of dollars and let them put their Akira Project on the big screen. That option, plz.