It seems like the on-again, off-again efforts to produce a live-action Hollywood version of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira might be off again. After last summer's report that Dante Harper, the uncredited writer on the first draft of the movie adapting All You Need is Kill into what ultimately became Edge Of Tomorrow, was Director Jaume Collet-Serra, Collider is now hearing from Collet-Serra that there's no movement on the project.
In 2013, James Harvey's Bartkira Project was a comics event where every participant takes five pages from the original Akira manga, to collectively redraw Katsuhiro Otomo's entirety of the work in their own styles with characters from The Simpsons. Given the parameters, it took almost 500 international participants to get through the six volumes of the original epic. The work is getting more attention with an exhibit at non-neo Tokyo's Gallery Hakusen.
Remember back in May when Canada-based CineGround Media unleashed its impressive live-action Akira trailer? The crowd-sourced Akira Project stayed very faithful to the style of Katsuhiro Otomo's original theatrical anime adaptation of his own manga, and you can see how they did some of it thanks to a behind-the-scenes video.
In addition to the subpar stuff that made it out, there was also a Akira game in the works for Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, and Game Gear and, if footage from an old CES show is any indication, its cancellation wasn't too big of a loss. See for yourself after the jump.
How did you like the first half of the AKIRA interview at J-POP Summit Festival in San Francisco? In the second half of the interview, we talked about anime! Read all about it plus more photos of her from J-POP Summit Festival after the jump!
Model and now solo artist AKIRA has many faces, such as a magazine model who graces the cover of popular magazine KERA, the lead singer of DISACODE and now a solo artist who sings the ending theme of Black Butler: Book of Circus “Aoki Tsuki Michite”. I was able to catch up with the singer/model during San Francisco’s, J-POP Summit Festival in July. AKIRA had just finished her first performance as a solo artist the day before at the time of this interview. I hope you get to know AKIRA in this first half of the two-part interview after the jump!
Happy 26th anniversary to Akira! While the manga debuted in December of 1982, the seminal sci-fi anime movie premiered July 16, 1988. What more incendiary way to celebrate than to bring up plans for a Hollywood adaptation? Check out the latest after the jump.
Former AKB 48 member Tomomi Itano joins the dazzling array of musical guests to perform at the JPOP Summit Festival in San Francisco on the 19th & 20th of this month. Tomomi recently released her first full-length solo album, SxWxAxG on July 2nd and this will be her first post-AKB US appearance and performance. Plus May'n, AKIRA and a Japanese Kuro-gyaru group Black Diamond. Read more after the jump!
Garage kit artist ODEYA is on a Katsuhiro Otomo/Akira kick as they prepare for the Summer Wonder Festival figure event. He has Etsuko, the psychic girl from Otomo's early horror Domu, Kaneda from Akira, and an especially creative Kill La Kill Ryuko on an Akira throne. Get a look after the jump.